Tomatoes arrived in Italy in around 1550 and England late in the 18th century.
Three countries where the tomato is most prized are:
India, Italy and the USA.
Submitted by Cyrus 'The Chef' (37), Cafe Spice
Why are pistachio nuts dyed red?
In the 1930s people bought cashews, peanuts and pistachios from vending machines. Competition was hot among
the nut purveyors, and those selling pistachios played a little shell game, dying their product a bright red
to make it stand out. First they caught your eye, and then they messed up your hands as the dye transferred
from the nuts to your fingers. The custom has held.
In truth, pistachios needed some dressing up because, compared to other kinds of nuts, they were quite ugly.
The nut pickers harvested pistachios from trees by knocking them off with poles.
Then the nuts were tossed into burlap bags and later, their outside hull was ground off.
By then they looked ready for the nut hospital. Say, maybe that red is really blood.
(Source: IMPONDERABLES: THE SOLUTION TO THE MYSTERY OF EVERYDAY LIFE by David Feldman)
Submitted by Meena Leeann Tweeden (28), Adelaide
Fruity Fun Facts!
Almonds are members of the Peach family!
Some trees bear oranges for more than 100 years!
In the Wild, manges, and some other fruit, rely on Bats for pollination!
One-third of the World's pineapples comes from Hawaii.
Watermelon is technically a berry, of which there are more than 50 varieties!
Submitted by Biswajeet Roy Mazumdar, Calcutta, West Bengal, India,
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