Fun Ag Facts XI

fun ag fact of the day: California produces a remarkable 95% of all apricots grown in the United States. 

Fun ag fact of the day: Anthocyanins in cherries give the fruit its red color and help protect the heart and surrounding tissues.

fun ag fact of the day: Cherries are fat, cholesterol, and sodium free. 

fun ag fact of the day: In 1996, each American consumed an average of 77 pounds more of commercially grown vegetables than in 1970, 63 pounds more grain products, 54 pounds more fruits, 32 pounds more poultry, 10 gallons more milk lower in fat than whole milk, 20.5 pounds less red meat, 73 fewer eggs, and 17 gallons less whole milk.

fun ag fact of the day: More than 96 billion pounds of edible “surplus” food is thrown away in the U.S. Each year. It is estimated that almost 27% of our food supply is wasted.

Fun ag fact of the day: The Cotton Belt covers the southern half of the United States, reaching from Virginia to California. Texas is the top cotton-producing state, harvesting about one-third of the crop each year.

fun ag fact of the day:  96 million eggs were sold for Easter in 2012!

fun ag fact of the day: The five regional whiskeys always included are: Scotch Whisky, Irish Whiskey, Kentucky (Bourbon), Canadian Whiskey, and Tennesse Whiskey. The disputed two regional whiskeys are Japanese and New Zealand.

fun ag fact of the day: The “Angel’s share” or “Angel’s tax” refers to the 4% of whiskey that evaporates every year.

fun ag fact of the day: Don’t ever say Irish whiskey tastes smoky. Malted barely is dried in closed ovens, and is never exposed to smoke.

fun ag fact of the day: The very first whiskey was (arguably) created in Ireland by Irish monks.

fun ag fact of the day: In Gaelic, whiskey translates to uisce beatha or “water of life.”

fun ag fact of the day: California is the fourth-largest wine producer in the world, after France, Italy, and Spain. 

fun ag fact of the day: Pistachio, mango, cashew and poison ivy are in the same family. 

fun ag fact of the day: Cashews in Costa Rica are harvested during March and April.

Fun ag fact of the day:  pistachio trees take seven to 10 years to mature.

fun ag fact of the day: By 2010 Americans were eating 900 percent more broccoli than they were eating in 1990.

fun ag fact of the day: the mouse melon or Mexican sour gherkin is a vine grown for its edible fruit. Fruit are about the size of grapes and taste like cucumbers with a tinge of sourness.

fun Ag fact: Pears are an excellent source of fiber, which helps with digestion. A medium size pear contains 6 grams of fiber, or 24 percent of your daily value. Most of the fiber is located in the skin of the fruit.

Fun ag fact of the day: the sumo orange is a cross between the mandarin and a California navel orange. 

fun ag fact of the day: the sumo orange took 30 years to develop in Japan, where it is called Dekopon and highly prized.

Fun ag fact of the day: Cabbage is one of the oldest vegetables in existence and continues to be a dietary staple throughout the world.

Fun ag fact of the day: Cabbage can be steamed, boiled, braised, microwaved, stuffed, or stir-fried, and eaten raw.

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  1. I love reading your blog,
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  2. 27% of our food is wasted?! Damn. I try and help pick up the slack. I’m referred to as the bottomless pit or the garbage disposal at work haha. I hate seeing people waste food. PUT IT IN A BOX AND TAKE IT HOME!

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