Did You Know

Sunflowers

A sunflower looks like one large flower, but each head is composed of hundreds of tiny flowers called florets, which ripen to become the seeds. This is the case for all plants in the sunflower family, including daisies, yarrow, goldenrod, asters, coreopsis, and bachelor's buttons.    All of these plants are easy to grow and are great for introducting children to gardening. Check out sunflower craft ideas on our craft page.

Grapes

Archaeologists have uncovered evidence that grapes were grown to make wine about 8,000 years ago in Mesopotamia (today's Iraq), although the ancient Egyptians were the first to record the process of making wine about 5,000 years ago.   Grow your own grapes.

Vanilla

Vanilla flavoring comes from the pod of an orchid, Vanilla planifolia. Though the pods are called vanilla beans, they're more closely related to corn than green beans.       

 

Vanilla-glazed carrots, Vanilla green bean amandine

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