Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 28


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 02, 2006 on The History Channel
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Pintsized as a pea or big as a bowling ball, nutritional, durable, and versatile, nuts have been a staple of the human diet since time began, and archaeological evidence places them among our earliest foods. Nuts sustained the imperial armies of Rome and China, the royal navies of England and Spain, and the native tribes that roamed the American wilderness.moreless
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    • TRIVIA (7)

      • The worlds largest nut takes seven years to fully develop.

      • There are over 1,000 varieties of pecans.

      • California has over 200,000 walnut-bearing acres.

      • Knowing of George Washington's passion for pecans, Thomas Jefferson gave him several pecan seedlings from his Monticello orchard. More than two centuries later, pecan trees still tower over Mount Vernon.

      • The 300 pounds per square inch of pressure that are required to crack a macadamia shell is more than eight times the pressure of an average man's grip.

      • Although a popular snack among soldiers during the American Civl War, peanuts didn't become a truly national phenomenon until P.T. Barnum began selling hot roasted peanuts at his traveling circus in the 1870s.

      • Almond milk, made from crushed almonds and water, has been a popular drink since the middle ages. But be careful which almonds you use--in the precence of water, bitter almonds produce the deadly poison cyanide.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: They can be a small as a pea or as large as a bowling ball. Nutritional, durable and versatile, the ancients worshiped then and imperial navies were sustained by them. And tomorrow, they just might feed the world. From peanut butter to bio-fuel, from tree shaking to high speed cracking, from candy treats to cleaning the space shuttle, it's all Nuts, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Commentators:

        Fred Jacobus
        VP of Operations, Diamond Foods

        Gary Ford
        Executive VP/COO, Diamond Foods

        Tom Gradziel, PhD
        Almond Breeding Program, UC Davis

        Gayle McGranahan, PhD
        Director, Walnut Improvement Program, UC Davis

        Gene Spiller, PhD
        Author, Healthy Nuts

        Tom Burlando
        Field Representative, Diamond Foods

        Tom Gentle
        Plant Manager, Peter Pan

        Dan Toole
        Director of Emergency Programs, UNICEF NY

        Charles Young
        Director of Agri-Business, Mauna Loa

        Luke Octavio
        Production Manager, Mauna Loa

        Rocky Suess
        VP of Production, Shell-Pro Inc

        L.J. Grauke, PhD
        Research Horticulturalist, USDA

        George Ray McEachern, PhD
        Professor of Horticulture, Texas A&M

        Tommy Thompson, PhD
        Research Geneticist, USDA

        Hal Berdoll
        Owner, Berdoll's Pecan Farm & Nursery

        Andy Anzaldo
        Director of Growing Operations, Paramount Farms

        Dave Blanchat
        Director of Operations, Paramount Farms

        Dominic Engels
        VP of Marketing, Paramount Farms

        Russ Teall
        President, Bio-Diesel Industries

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