Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Pursuit of Trivia

I have always been interested in Trivia, even though I am not that good at Trivial Pursuit. My mother can kick my butt on any given day.
I still enjoy the random, sometimes useless facts. I have come across a few in the world of Citrus over the years and thought you might enjoy some of them.

Citrus is produced in 100 countries on six continents.

In 1995 the actual world production of all citrus was 78,173 thousand tons.

Some citrus trees have been known to produce hundreds of pounds of fruit for more than 100 years

The earliest written reference to any Citrus fruit is found in the book Yu Kung, or Tribute of Yu (the Emperor Ta Yu, who reigned from 2205 to 2197 B.C.)

Columbus is responsible for bringing citrus to the Americas on his second voyage in 1493.

Oranges are actually a sub-tropical tree. When grown in the tropics they never turn Orange, but stay green even when mature.

The Mongolians are believed to be the first to use Lemonade around 1299.

1575 Oranges were planted on Parris Island, South Carolina.

Lemons are considered the most useful type of citrus.

Now, If nothing else, if you ever find yourself on Jeopardy, you can confidently say "Citrus, for 500 Alex"

Happy Growing!

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