Thursday, May 27, 2010

Today's Trivia - The Garden

It’s time for some interesting but useless information. And today it’s all about the garden...

1) Narcissus flowers were named after Narcissus of the Greek legend, who fell in love with his own reflection in a stream. He stayed by the stream in a hypnotic trance. The gods thought he would die of starvation so they changed him into the flower to stay there forever.

2) The onion is a lily, botanically. Asparagus is also a member of the lily family. The name "asparagus" comes from a Greek word meaning "sprout"

3) Dandelion flowers may be an annoyance in the garden, but the leaves make tasty salad greens. For best flavor, be sure to harvest them before they produce flowers.

4) "During a 2000 May Day gardening protest, 600 environmental activists dug up and planted seeds in Britain's Parliament Square - the small park near the Commons. These seeds later sprouted healthy carrots, onions, marigolds, and. . . marijuana. Surprised Royal Park's police said they would "clear the marijuana plants away"

5) Apples, Pears and Peaches are all members of the rose family

6) A tomato is a fruit, but it is more commonly AND legally known as a vegetable. There was a case before the US Supreme Court in 1893, about importing tomatoes from the West Indies. Fruits could be imported tax-free, vegetables couldn’t. Since tomatoes were eaten with main dishes and not as or with desserts, the Court ruled them to be a vegetable.

7) Potatoes are the most popular vegetable among Americans. Second and third place go to head lettuce and onions.

8) Vegetables are a breakfast food in Japan! A traditional Japanese breakfast typically consists of pickled vegetables, soup, fish, and a bowl of rice.

9) Vegetable popsicles anyone? At some Zoos, the zookeepers freeze assorted vegetables, fruits, fish, and seeds in big chunks of ice. These "vegetable popsicles" are tossed daily into the watering holes of the animals cages.

10) Tulips originated in Turkey getting their name from the Turkish word "tulbend" which means turban.

11) The city of Mt. Vernon, Washington grows more tulips than the entire country of Holland.

12) Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.

13) There are more than 7,000 varieties of apples grown in the world.

14) A single apple tree will produce an average of 840 pounds of apples every year.

15) Carnations (used in floral arrangements, corsages, and boutonnieres) are the most popular of all cut flowers.

That's it for now, folks! Have a great day.


  1. Neat-o - I knew some stuff, but I adore trivia and much of it was new to me. And why carnations? I mean they're nice, but still.

  2. I'm a trivia buff myself. I gather up and store information the way a squirrel gathers up and hides nuts. I can't get enough. And most of it isn't useful, just interesting. I don't know why carnations. I would have thought it would be something else.