Seed World

10 Interesting Facts to Share at the Christmas Dinner Table

  1. “Don’t worry, I have more potatoes in the kitchen. I read in this seed journal that plant breeders have created true potato seed, which allows them to speed up variety development, but it also has huge logistical and phytosanitary advantages. They call it the ‘Holy Grail’ of potato improvement.”
  2. “I want to say thanks for all the seeds that provide the world’s daily food. Our breakfast cereal and toast, our pasta or pizza lunch and our rice dish for dinner all started life as seeds from different plant species. There can be no life without seeds!”
  3. “Hey, can you pass me the sweet potatoes? These used to be typical for N. America but are more and more grown in Europe. Spain, Portugal and Italy are the largest EU producers with a total of over 100,000 tonnes per year and those numbers keep growing.”
  4. “This pumpkin pie is delicious. I read that in Sept. 2021, the record for the biggest pumpkin in the world was won by an Italian farmer with a pumpkin of 1226 kg.”
  5. “Hey kiddo, don’t eat so much candy. If you’re looking for a nutritious diet, make sure to include a lot of plant seeds. They have a nice balance of multiple proteins and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are good for your heart!”
  6. “You’re right grandpa, we did a project at school about healthy food, and our teacher told us to eat lots of cereals, pulses, but also other vegetables and fruits. It will make us live longer. I want to grow as old as you!
  7. “Last week our teacher taught us that every plant seed, no matter its size or species, contains three main parts: the embryo, the cotyledon and the seed coat. The embryo is the baby plant, the cotyledon is the source of a seed’s nourishment, and the seed coat provides a tough layer to protect the baby plant.”
  8. “This parsnip and potato gratin is awesome. You have to give me the recipe. The other day on TV I saw that parsnip is a close relative to carrot, and is best eaten after the first frost, when the starch has been transformed into sugars
  9. “I’m so happy we switched to a real Christmas tree, instead of a plastic one. They say that real trees use 10 times fewer materials and five times less energy than artificial trees. And they are completely biodegradable.”
  10. “By the way mom, this red cabbage dish with oranges is fantastic. Did you know that red cabbage has a lot of flavonoids, which is a powerful antioxidant that protects our body against serious illnesses like cancer.”