Pumpkins require a long growing season of 75 to 100 frost-free days according to The Old Farmers Almanac. Do not plant the seeds until there is no further danger of frost and the soil is warm. Otherwise, the seeds may rot or not germinate.
A:As of 2012, the mango rules as the most commonly eaten fruit around the world. While Americans are most familiar with apples, oranges and bananas, throughout the world, over 2,000 different types of mangoes are consumed in countless different ways, including in juices, chutneys, pies, ice cream and dried cereals.
A:Watermelons grow in warm climates, but they can also be nurtured in cooler temperatures, according to VegetableGardener.com. The watermelon's origin remains unclear, but Southern Italy and Africa are suspected to be the fruit's original homes. Watermelons can grow on continents around the world. WhichCountry.com notes that watermelon is mostly consumed in China, and more than 1,200 types of watermelon are harvested in 96 countries.
A:Bananas develop a curved shape because of the pull of gravity. They start their lives growing straight. However, as the bunch of bananas spreads out from the top of the plant, the bract, which is the purple part where bananas separate, spreads out and makes the bananas turn upward.
A:The start of apple season varies by location and type of apple, but most trees begin producing fruits in mid-August and early September. The beginning of each season is generally predictable from one year to the next but may be delayed or expedited by unusually cold or warm weather or by excess rain or drought.
A:The main difference between red and green New Mexico chili peppers is the time they are allowed to grow before they are harvested. They both start out green, and those that are not harvested while green turn red as they ripen. The red ones are sometimes roasted but more often ground into chili powder.
A:While a cherry has the appearance of a berry, it is not actually classified as one. Berries are fruits that have fleshy pericarps, one or more seeds and are completely edible. Cherries are fleshy, but because of the pit in the center, are not completely edible.
A:Yams are native plants of Africa and Asia and belong to the Dioscoreaceae family of roots and tubers. There are more than 600 varieties of yams, and 95 percent of them grow in Africa. These starchy vegetables are often confused with sweet potatoes in the United States.
A:Crabapple trees usually bear fruit during the summer and fall, but they may still bear fruit well into the winter. They blossom during the spring, producing masses of white, pink or red flowers. Because of their attractive blossoms, they are often grown as ornamental landscape plants.
A:It is okay to freeze plums. They should be washed, peeled, cut in half and pitted first, and slices or pieces can then be placed onto a baking pan and frozen. Once frozen, the plums should be transferred into freezer containers until ready to use.
A:It takes approximately three medium bananas or four small bananas to make a pound. Additionally, it takes approximately 1 1/3 cups of mashed bananas or 4 1/2 cups of sliced, dried bananas to make a pound. The number of bananas in a pound depends on the size of the fruit.
A:The majority of peaches grown in the United States come from California, although peaches are grown elsewhere, including Georgia, South Carolina, Washington, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and New Jersey. Peach trees require soil that is moderately fertile and well-drained as well as plenty of sunlight.
A:Dragon fruit, otherwise known as pitaya, are native to Mexico. The plant is now cultivated in locales as diverse as Cambodia, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Indonesia and Bangladesh.
A:A honeydew melon is ripe if it has a strong sweet smell at room temperature. Another way to determine if the melon ripe is by shaking the honeydew and listening for a rattling sound. If a rattling sound exists, then this indicates that the seeds have fallen loose inside.