"Yelming" is part of the thatcher's trade: to yelm is to prepare the gathered straw, sorting it by size, laying it out flat, and in some techniques, dampening it with water.


The amaranth (Amaranthaceae) family encompasses a surprising and diverse number of useful plants that you see everyday, but probably would never guess are this closely related.


Since antiquity, silver has been considered a precious metal in many different cultures. But there are a few things about silver that you probably don't know.


The cashew (Anacardium occidentale) is a tropical evergreen tree in the sumac (Anacardiaceae) family, native to northern and western South America and Brazil, but now widely cultivated in tropical areas around the world. 


Barely known to the average westerner, sorghum shares a 5000-year relationship with human beings and is the fifth most important cereal crop in the world. What else don't you know about it?


How many people do you know with the surname of "Collier"? At least a few, I'd guess. And now you can know something about the sooty origins of the name, that even most owners don't know.

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