Five Fascinating Facts from the January Almanac Monthly

July 20, 2017
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Another edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Monthly is here! January is full of fun and helpful facts and advice! Learn about the Full Wolf Moon, planting peas in your garden, how to curry (almost) any dish, and Benjamin Franklin!

Five Fascinating Facts from the January Almanac Monthly

1. January’s Full Moon is called the Full Wolf Moon. This full Moon appeared when wolves would howl in hunger outside of Native American villages. The association of wolves and the Moon appears in folklore from all around the world, including Scandinavian, German, and Native American mythology.

2. January’s birthstone, the garnet, is thought to keep the wearer safe during travel—but not all mined garnets are worn as jewelry. Lower-quality garnets are used for grinding and polishing, in products such as garnet-coated sandpaper.

3. In the north, spring plantings have a better chance for survival than fall plantings; vines resist frost better than pods do, and spring rains usually provide the moisture that peas need.

4. Curry powder is not a single spice but a blend of aromatic spices that usually includes coriander, cumin, ginger, cloves, cardamom, fennel, fenugreek, turmeric, and an ingredient that adds heat: fresh or dried red or green chiles, cayenne pepper, ground peppercorns, or mustard seeds.

5. Benjamin Franklin was a great believer in fresh air, especially cold air, as therapy. He slept with windows open and preferred to spend an hour or so each morning sitting nude in his bedroom, taking an air bath while he read or wrote.

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