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The word “vegetable” comes from the Latin “vegetabilis” meaning growing and flourishing. The word “fruit” comes from the Latin “fructus” denoting proceeds, profits, produce, and income. Come along with Tidbits as we consider where our fruits and veggies originated!

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• On Feb. 8, 1587, after 19 years of imprisonment, Mary Queen of Scots is beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in England for her complicity in a plot to murder Queen Elizabeth I. In 1542, while just six days old, Mary had ascended to the Scottish throne upon the death of her father, King James V. • On Feb. 4, 1913, Rosa Parks is born Rosa Louise McCauley in Tuskegee, Alabama. Parks' name has become synonymous with her refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus in 1955. • On Feb. 6, 1928, a woman calling herself Anastasia Tschaikovsky and claiming to be the youngest daughter of the murdered Russian czar Nicholas II Romanov arrives in New York City. It wasn't until 1994 that Anastasia's DNA showed her to be Franziska Schanzkowska, a Polish-German factory worker. • On Feb. 5, 1934, Henry Louis Aaron Jr., the baseball slugger who broke Babe Ruth's legendary record of 714 homers, is born in Mobile, Alabama. • On Feb. 3, 1950, Klaus Fuchs, a German-born British scientist who helped develop the atomic bomb, is arrested in Great Britain for passing topsecret information to the Soviet Union. His arrest led authorities to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and their subsequent execution. • On Feb. 9, 1960, Adolph Coors disappears while driving to work from his Morrison, Colorado, home. Adolph, grandson of Coors' founder and the chairman of the Golden, Colorado, brewery, was kidnapped and held for ransom before being shot to death. • On Feb. 7, 1984, while in orbit 170 miles above Earth, Navy Capt. Bruce McCandless becomes the first human to perform an untethered spacewalk. McCandless flew up to 320 feet away from the space shuttle Challenger while testing a rocket backpack of his own design. © 2020 Hearst Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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• Before the days of refrigerated trucks, loads of lettuce would be heaped with mounds of ice to preserve them while being shipped, hence the name “iceberg” lettuce. • Artichokes are one of the oldest foods known to humans, originating in the Mediterranean region. Their name likely comes from the Arabic phrase meaning “arched stump.” Artichokes are actually the flower buds of a plant related to sunflowers. Marilyn Monroe was the first official California Artichoke Queen in 1947. • Spanish explorers looked at pineapples and thought they looked like pinecones, giving them their name. • When Christian missionaries first encountered a new plant in South America, they looked at the flower and saw Christ’s crown of thorns inside it, so they named it the passion fruit. • Avocados, originally grown in Central and South America, were called by the Spanish word “ahuacatl” meaning “testicle” because of the shape of the fruit. • The Latin word “salsus” meaning “salted” gives us our salad. • Cole slaw is a salad which comes from the Dutch terms “koolsa” meaning cabbage, and “sla” meaning salad. • The French word for head, “caboch” gave us our cabbage. • Brussels sprouts come from Brussels, Belgium. • Tutti-frutti is an Italian phrase meaning “all fruits.” • Peanuts are known as goobers because the African word for peanut is “nguba.” • The old French word “moisseron” was mispronounced by the English and became mushroom. ...continued

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• In Old English, “grappe” meant a cluster of fruit growing together, and “grape” was the hook that they were gathered with. Today, “grape” means the fruit itself, and “grapple” means struggling with a problem much as a harvester struggles with a hook. • Grapefruit grow in clusters like grapes. • Grapes are one of the oldest cultivated fruits and there are more varieties of grape produced in the world than any other fruit. Many varieties of grapes originated in North America, including the Concord grape, which was first cultivated in Concord, Massachusetts. DIFFERENCES:: DIFFERENCES 1. Button is added. 2. Straw is moved. 3 Pillow is different. 4. Hair is different. 5. Knob is moved. 6. Sleeve is shorter. © 2020 King Features Synd., All rights reserved.

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• Although some people theorize that name “strawberry” comes from the fact the plant is often mulched with straw during the winter, others insist the name is a corruption of “strewn berry” due to the fact that, as a strawberry plant produces runners and spreads, its berries are strewn about the ground. • The word “pumpkin” originates from the word “pepon” which is Greek for “large melon.” The French adapted it to “pompon,” which the British changed to “pumpion” and to the later American colonists turned it into “pumpkin.” • The Native American word “shikaakwa” means roughly “at the skunk place” or “place of the bad smell” or “place of the wild onion.” It was referring to a place where the plant “Allium tricoccum” grew abundantly. Otherwise known as ramps, wild leek, or spring onion, the plant was eaten by tribes in the area. French explorers attempted spelling the word, and Robert de LaSalle wrote it down in the year 1679 as “Checagou.” And that’s how Chicago got its name.

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