How Well Do You Know Peanuts?

Before you eat another peanut, test your knowledge by taking this quick quiz and learn something in the process!

Whether you’re The Nutty Professor or Nut Job, almost everybody loves peanut butter, right? But people tend to be very particular about how they like to eat it

We surveyed our Manhattan Fruitier family to see how much variation we would find when we asked the question:

“How do you like your peanut butter sandwich?”

The first big surprise was that one person hates peanut butter! Another surprise was that quite a few of us liked it the same simple way: on two slices of bread with either grape jelly or strawberry jam, although people were quite specific in their preference for chunky/crunchy versus smooth/creamy.

A few of us gave quite detailed descriptions:

– On whole grain bread, smash a banana on it and cover with crunchy peanut butter and a pinch of salt, then put the whole thing in the toaster oven.

– Butter a single slice of toasted white bread and spread smooth peanut butter and mixed berry jam on top. Must have it with a glass of tomato juice.

– Only eats peanut butter (crunchy) on celery sticks.

– Lots of chunky peanut butter, lots of grape jelly on  untoasted white bread. The peanut butter has to be spread all the way to the very edge of the bread and the peanut butter and jelly has to be on both  slices of  bread.

– Open-faced on multi-grain toasted bread with smooth peanut butter, sliced banana and drizzled with honey.

How do you prefer your peanut butter sandwich?

Pondering and Playing with Pi

You remember Pi with its familiar symbol π, don’t you? Geometry class, right?

We sheepishly admit that we needed a bit of a refresher to recall what pi is and how it is used. Pi equals the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter. It is a constant, but with an infinite number of digits. For basic calculations, most people shorten pi to 3.14. You can use pi to calculate the circumference of a circle: just multiply pi by the diameter (or by 2 times the radius). And the formula for the area of anything circular is pi times the radius squared. Pi and these calculations were formulated thousands of years ago, and unlike some modern technology, they still work. Pretty cool!

Pi Day is celebrated every year on March 14th or 3/14 because the date matches the first 3 digits of pi. OK, but what’s all the extra fuss about Pi Day this year? Well, this year for the entire day, the first 5 digits of pi are represented (3.1415 or 3/14/15) AND at 9:26:53am and 9:26:53pm the date and time will represent the first 10 digits of pi! 3.141592653.

This phenomenon happens only once per century. Now that’s why math nerds will be screaming from the tree tops on Saturday (you’ll hear them if you listen closely).

Now let’s experiment by calculating the volume of an orange (pretending it’s perfectly spherical) using pi.

Orange Pi

The formula is:

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Citrus Roll Call – Feb. 2015

Here’s a list of citrus varieties that you might find in one of our fresh fruit gifts in February and March:

 

Blood Orange

Blood Orange

Blood oranges are typically imported from Sicily where they are ideally suited to the climate and are the primary orange grown in Italy. The peak of the season is February, but since blood oranges are also now grown in Texas and California, the growing season has been extended making blood oranges available from December through May. There are three primary types of blood oranges: Moro, Tarocco and Sanguinello or Sanguinelli. They get their name from the intense red-streaked color of the fruit and the deep crimson blush of the skin. Interestingly, the Tarocco variety (also known by the alternative moniker “half blood”) has little to none of the characteristic redness can be mistaken for the common orange. However the flavor of the Tarocco has been described as the best of the blood oranges. On any given week, our gifts can feature different types of blood oranges. This week we also have organic blood oranges available.

Clementine

Clementine

The first Clementine was grown in Algeria by Father Clement Rodier. It is a cross between the Mediterranean mandarin and a sour orange. In the US, it is chiefly grown in Florida and California. The growing season is from October through March. Its prize characteristics are that it is easy to peel and has very few or no seeds. The Clementine separates easily in eight to twelve juicy segments. Some people detect the flavor of apricot nectar.

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The Secret History of the Easter Basket

Easter is a celebration of many things to many people, which most holidays become as they transition through centuries and cultures. There is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion by the ancient Romans and then there is the celebration of a magical rabbit who delivers baskets brimming with candy and colored eggs.

What are the connections here?

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