Grapes are a fruit but aren’t grapefruit.
- Some cultivars of grapes have seeds in them and some from the group ‘vitis vinetera’ don’t.
- Grapes are toxic to dogs since they give dogs kidney problems.
- 71% of grape production is used for wine and 27% is eaten raw.
- China produced 8,651,831 tonnes of grapes in 2010 and Italy produced 7,787,800 tonnes.
- Grape juice is popularly used by Christians as part of the Lord’s Supper celebration.
Grape 13 January 2013, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grape>
Red as a rose, sweet as love.
- Cherries are stone fruit since they have one seed in them, and have an outer flesh.
- Cherries are the fruit of certain species of ‘Prunus’, and most cherries that humans eat come from varieties of the sour cherry (Prunus cerasus), which is mostly used for cooking purposes, or the wild cherry (Prunus avium).
- The word ‘cherry’ comes from the common Greek word, translated into Latin, ‘Cerasum’.
- The cherry tree cultivars are mainly native to the Northern Hemisphere.
- Several caterpillars rely on cherry tree cultivars for food.
- The word ‘cherry’ refers to the fruit, tree, similar ornamental trees and strangely enough, sometimes almonds.
- The cherry tree’s prime season for harvest is Summer.
- In 2007, cherry trees produced approximately 2 million tonnes of cherries world wide. 40% of this production belonged to Europe and 13% belonged to the United States of America.
- Turkey was the top producer in 2009, with 417.7 thousand tonnes, followed by the United States with 390.7 tonnes.
- Cherries have been proven to decrease pain, swelling and tenderness in rats.
Cherry 28 December 2012, Wikipedia,
Nectarine… sweet and juicy!
- A nectarine is a stonefruit, which is a fruit with a large seed in the middle.
- Nectarines are closely related to the peach, and sometimes are grown on peach trees or vice versa.
- Nectarines have smooth skin, and yellow, red or white flesh colour.
- The nectarine is a high source of vitamins A and C.
- Nectarine trees are grown in warm temperature areas.
- The nectarine comes from the family ‘Rosaceae’, which is the family of roses.
- The nectarine tree grows 5-7 meters (16-22 feet) high.
- Nectarines are normally in season in the warmer months, from early spring to middle autumn.
- The name ‘nectarine’ comes from the sweet food the gods eat, ‘nectar’.
- The place of origin of the nectarine is China, but spread quickly to England in the 16th century.
Nectarine 2011, Fresh for Kids, <http://www.freshforkids.com.au/fruit_pages/nectarine/nectarine.html>
Nectarine n.d., Britannica, <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/407794/nectarine>
Golden Delicious or Granny Smith. All are nice and sweet – just like Ten Random Facts you see.
- An apple is a pomaceous fruit and grows on a deciduous tree.
- The apple tree originated from Asia.
- There are more than 7,500 different cultivars of apple.
- 69 million tonnes of apples were grown worldwide, in 2010. China produced just under half of this amount.
- The seeds of an apple are a little poisonous.
- China produces most of the world’s apples, followed by the United States, Turkey, Italy and India.
- The flowers of an apple tree are normally white with a pinkish tinge.
- A test on the Golden Delicious apple in 2010 showed that apples have 57,000 genes.
- If you are allergic to birch pollen you are allergic to apples.
- 149 grams of apple contain approximately 77 calories.
Apple 27 October 2012, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple>