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Coffee Beans

The leaves of the Victorian water lily are sometimes over six feet in diameter.

Orchids are grown from seed so small that it would take thirty thousand to weigh as much as one grain of wheat.

At last count there were about 226,000 trees in New York’s Central Park.

The Mexican Jumping Bean is not a bean. It is actually a thin-shelled section of a seed capsule containing the larva of a small gray moth called the jumping bean moth (Laspeyresia saltitans).

The average ear of corn has eight-hundred kernels arranged in sixteen rows.

Trees do not have life expectancies like humans. Some in California are believed to be four-thousand years old or more. How can trees live so long? The simple answer is that they’re not as complex as people. So, as long as conditions are right, trees continue to live and grow, until something interrupts it.

In ancient religions, the Norsemen considered the mistletoe a baleful plant that caused the death of Baldur, the shining god of youth.

Carrageenan is a common ingredient in ice cream and toothpaste. Carrageenan is seaweed. A purple, edible seaweed, also known as Irish moss, that’s found along the coasts of Northern Europe and North America. It’s used as a suspending agent in foods, pharmaceuticals and liquids, as a clarifying agent for beverages, and in controlling crystal growth in frozen confections.

A single coffee tree yields only one pound of roasted, ground coffee annually.

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