Category: Nature

  • ‘How quickly does a mushroom grow after rain?’

    ‘How quickly does a mushroom grow after rain?’

    When it comes to answering how long mushrooms grow, it is difficult to give a definitive answer. According to observers, soft mushrooms such as Butterflies grow the fastest. Hard mushrooms like King Boletes or Chanterelles grow much slower. For example, in good weather conditions, a Butterfly mushroom needs about 8-10 hours to grow to the…

  • “How much does 1 liter of water weigh?”

    “How much does 1 liter of water weigh?”

    How much does one litre of pure water weigh exactly? It can be stated that one litre of water weighs 1 kilogram. However, this is not entirely true. Originally, in 1765, the unit of 1 kilogram was defined based on the mass of one cubic decimeter (1 litre) of water at the temperature of melting…

  • How long do koi fish live?

    How long do koi fish live?

    Koi carp are extremely impressive fish, bred in ponds and ponds. The name of the fish is an abbreviation of the Japanese expression nishiki-goi, which translates to brocade carp. Nearly 120 varieties have been identified, with representatives differing in color, scale pattern, and size. Koi carp are long-lived fish, with an average lifespan ranging from…

  • Why are flamingos pink?

    Why are flamingos pink?

    Flamingos are beautiful birds known for their extraordinary grace and pink feathers. But did you know that their unique color is not a natural gift, but rather a result of their diet? These birds naturally have white feathers, which change their hue due to astaxanthin, a red pigment produced by certain types of algae and…

  • “Do penguins have teeth?”

    “Do penguins have teeth?”

  • What sea is the largest?

    What sea is the largest?

    There are several candidates for the world’s largest sea, depending on the definition of “sea” we adopt. – The Arctic Sea (approximately 15.5 million km²) is sometimes referred to as the largest sea in the world, but in the opinion of many, it is actually an ocean rather than a sea. – The Austro-Asian Mediterranean…

  • What are Merinos?

    What are Merinos?

    Merinos are a breed of sheep originating from Asia. Currently, these animals mainly inhabit the territories of Australia, although larger populations are also raised in countries such as the United States, Argentina, and Uruguay. Merinos have white coloring and a strongly crimped, fine wool. It is precisely this unique wool that helps them survive in…

  • ‘Red Bird from Angry Birds – what species is it?’

    ‘Red Bird from Angry Birds – what species is it?’

    Angry Birds is a popular series of computer games that was released in late 2009. Since then, over 2 billion copies have been downloaded across all platforms. The main objective of the player is to launch a bird using a slingshot and hit a pig. One of the most recognizable elements of the game is…

  • What is buckwheat?

    What is buckwheat?

    Quinoa is a type of plant belonging to the amaranth family or amaranthaceae. There are over 100 varieties of quinoa worldwide, with about 30 distinguished in Poland. Currently, one of the most popular varieties of the plant is quinoa rice, also known as Peruvian rice, holy grain of the Incas, and quinoa. The plant is…

  • Neva Masquerade – what kind of cat is it?

    Neva Masquerade – what kind of cat is it?

    The name of Neva Masquerade cats is related to their place of origin. The first animals of this breed appeared in the area around St. Petersburg, where the Neva River flows. The second part of the name comes from the masquerade balls organized in those regions. Neva Masquerade cats have a characteristic mask on their…

  • How many colors does a rainbow have?

    How many colors does a rainbow have?

  • ‘Which tree sheds its needles in winter?’

    ‘Which tree sheds its needles in winter?’

    Evergreen trees are commonly referred to as coniferous trees, but there is one exception among them. The European larch sheds its needles for the winter. In the autumn, the needles change color from bright green to yellow and then fall off. Originally, larches were found mainly in the Alps and the Carpathian Mountains, but over…

  • ‘On What Tree Do Acorns Grow?’

    ‘On What Tree Do Acorns Grow?’

    Bywa, że gdy pada pytanie, na jakim drzewie rosną żołędzie, nagle zapada cisza. Odpowiedź jest jednak banalnie prosta – żołędzie są owocami dębu. Najczęściej nazwa służy do określania połączenia orzecha z miseczką owocową, ale bywa także używana jako potoczna nazwa samego owocu właściwego. Sometimes when the question arises as to which tree acorns grow on,…

  • What is saffron?

    What is saffron?

    Saffron is the most expensive spice by weight in the world. The ingredient is derived from the stigmas of the saffron crocus, also known as Crocus sativus. The spice has been used for over 3000 years as a flavoring for food and a component in cosmetics. It is believed that saffron was originally found in…

  • What flowers bloom early in spring?

    What flowers bloom early in spring?

    Among the plants that bloom in early spring, bulb flowers are particularly prominent. They include: Snowdrop – one of the most well-known “harbingers of spring” that can emerge from under the snow as early as February. Its flowers have three snowy white petals. Crocus, also known as saffron – a beautiful, multicolored flower, most commonly…

  • What does a frozen Magnolia flower look like?

    What does a frozen Magnolia flower look like?

    Magnolias are beautiful flowers that grow on trees and shrubs that can reach considerable sizes. They bloom in spring, around April and May. However, these are periods during which nocturnal frosts can occur. Unfortunately, magnolia flowers are delicate and even one night below freezing can cause them to freeze. What does a frozen magnolia flower…

  • ‘Where do crabs hibernate?’

    ‘Where do crabs hibernate?’

    The well-known Polish proverb says that you can send someone where crabs hibernate. But where do these friendly crustaceans actually spend the winter? Crabs mostly create burrows at the bottom of water reservoirs and on the shores. They can also build shelters among aquatic vegetation, as well as in the vicinity of rocks.

  • “What properties does rose water have?”

    “What properties does rose water have?”

    Rose water has been a real cosmetic hit in recent years. This ingredient is produced by distilling rose oil with the use of steam. Rose water is also known as rose hydrolate. It is obtained from the damask rose, cabbage rose, and French rose. The hydrolate contains vitamins from the B group, provitamin A, vitamins…

  • How to make rose water?

    How to make rose water?

    Rosewater – a versatile beauty product you can make at home Rosewater is known for its exceptional properties. This ingredient is increasingly being added to numerous cosmetics, but did you know that you can also make rose hydrosol at home? You will need distilled water and approximately 4 handfuls of rose petals. Then, you pour…

  • What does “bez” symbolize?

    What does “bez” symbolize?

    In May, we start to feel the alluring scent of elderflower. These beautiful flowers are known for their unique beauty and exceptional fragrance, but what do they symbolize? They are flowers associated with innocent, youthful love. They also represent happiness and the celebration of life. White flowers additionally signify selfless affection, while pink and purple…

  • “Do plants have hair?”

    “Do plants have hair?”

    Have you ever seen a hairy plant? Plants can appear to have hair, just like humans and animals, but the technical term for plant hair is trichomes. These are epidermal outgrowths of the plant, similar to how hair is an outgrowth of human skin. However, unlike animal fur, trichomes are often composed of living cells.…

  • What flowers do we sow in May?

    What flowers do we sow in May?

    May is usually a sunny month with little risk of frost. That’s why it is a good time to sow many flowers and vegetables that don’t need much time to grow and could freeze if planted earlier. May is a great time to sow pansies, nasturtiums, stocks, wallflowers, sweet peas, calendula, and sunflowers. Among the…

  • Which wood to choose for smoking?

    Which wood to choose for smoking?

    For smoking, wood from hardwood and fruit trees is commonly recommended. Depending on the species of tree, different properties of the smoked products are obtained. Alder, apple, pear, cherry, maple, beech, and lime woods are among those used in smoking chambers. Alder and apple are considered to be versatile species. Pear gives smoked products a…

  • What was the lowest temperature recorded on Earth?

    What was the lowest temperature recorded on Earth?

    The lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth occurred on July 21, 1983, at the Russian (then Soviet) research station Vostok in Antarctica, located approximately 1300 kilometers from the geographic South Pole. The temperature measured at that time was -89.2°C. However, this is not necessarily the lowest temperature that occurs on our planet. In 2011, satellites…

  • “How Many Spots Does a Ladybug Have?”

    “How Many Spots Does a Ladybug Have?”

    In Poland, there are as many as 76 species of ladybirds. The most popular is the ten-spot ladybird, although not all ladybirds have ten spots. Popular ladybirds include: Two-spot ladybird – it mainly lives in the mountains. The insect’s armor has symmetrical black spots and can also have orange markings. Five-spot ladybird – one of…

  • “Is Tomato a Fruit or Vegetable?”

    “Is Tomato a Fruit or Vegetable?”

    Traditionally, tomatoes are classified as vegetables – they are not as sweet as most fruits and are also one of the main ingredients in many main dishes, sauces, and salads. However, from a botanical perspective – the science that deals with plant classification – tomatoes are definitely fruits, specifically berries (Latin: bacca). In addition to…

  • “What was the highest recorded temperature on Earth?”

    “What was the highest recorded temperature on Earth?”

    The highest temperature on Earth was recorded on July 10, 1913, in Death Valley Oasis, a luxury hotel complex. At that time, the place was called Furnace Creek Ranch. It is located in Death Valley, California, United States, known for its extreme temperatures. The temperature recorded at that time was 61.7 °C (143.1 °F). This…

  • “What plants contain the most protein?”

    “What plants contain the most protein?”

    Every year, both in Poland and worldwide, vegetarian and vegan diets are gaining increasing popularity. Animal products are often the main source of protein, but how can one provide the body with this valuable nutrient when they don’t want or can’t eat meat and dairy? The solution is to consume carefully selected vegetables. Good sources…

  • What tree is in the garden?

    What tree is in the garden?

    They are one of the signs of spring, and are also used to create traditional Easter palms. Catkins, also known as “bazy” in Polish, are the flower clusters of willow trees. Initially, they are grey, but as they develop, they become larger and change color to yellow. Willow catkins are not only incredibly beautiful, but…

  • What flowers do we sow in June?

    What flowers do we sow in June?

    June is the perfect time to sow perennials, biennials, and many vegetables. Among the perennials, the following are mentioned: anemones, soapworts, primroses, and feathered pinks. As for biennial flowers, it’s worth choosing daisies, pansies, or forget-me-nots. Among annual plants, the most common ones to sow in June are scented peas and marigolds. If you want…