After Halloween, Easter is the top-selling candy holiday.
Easter is a "moveable feast"-one that is set according to the pahses of the moon- so the dates are different each year.
Easter may have been named after the Anglo-Saxon goddess EASTRE, whose symbols were the egg and the hare.
More than 90 million chocolate Easter Bunnies are manufactured each year.
The largest chocolate easter egg was created in Tosca, Italy, weighing 15,873 lbs. It had a circumference of 64 ft at its widest point.
It is believed that an Italian baker made the pretzel to look like arms crossed in prayer during the Passover season sometime between 300 and 600.
Americans consume over 16 million jellybeans on Easter, enough to circle the globe more than three times.
In some European countries, other animals -in Switerland the cuckoo, in Westphalia the fox-brought easter eggs.
- One ostrich egg can make an omelette for 10 people. The eggs weigh 3 to 6 pounds and they would take at least 45 minutes to hard boil.
- Ancient Greeks believed that cows that grazed on fields of oregano produced tastier meat.
- According to Aristotle, tortoises who swallowed a snake would immediately eat oregano to prevent death.
- Oregano is also believed to calm nerves and is used to cure sea sickness.
- Soybeans represented 46 percent of world oilseed production in 2007.
- Oat flour is used in peanut butter, margarine and chocolate because it retards rancidity. It is used in ice cream and other dairy products as a fat stabilizer. So have some chocolate peanut butter ice cream !