• In addition to to decorating churches, lilies account for more than half of all Easter gift plants purchased for the holiday followed by azaleas, and african violets.
• Among fresh flower gift bouquets purchased for the holiday, mixed flower arrangements head the list at 34%, followed by daffodils/iris/tulips at 15%, and roses at 9%.
• All told, Easter and Passover account for close to 15 percent of annual floral purchases made throughout the year.
Easter bunny trivia
• The Easter Bunny as a holiday deliverer of candy and eggs is thought to have started in Germany during the Middle Ages.
• Each year, candy manufacturers produce more than 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies for Easter. Meanwhile, research shows that solid chocolate bunnies are the most popular -- followed by hollow chocolate bunnies, and marshmallow chocolate bunnies.
• Studies also prove that 76% of Americans will eat the ears on chocolate bunnies first.
• 88% of American parents are expected to help out the Easter Bunny this year by carrying on the Easter tradition of creating Easter baskets for their kids.
Jelly beans, anyone?
• While Easter remains a movable feast, the official observance of National Jelly Bean Day takes place every year on April 22nd.
• Number of jelly beans produced in the US each year? 16 billion.
• The most popular jelly bean flavor among kids? Cherry.
All about Marshmallow Peeps
• Peeps are legion -- and manufactured in the US at a mind-boggling rate of five million a day.
• The best way to eat a Peep? Connoisseurs swear by letting them breath for a few days out in the open air to produced a crunchy outside and a chewy inside.
• Pity the poor Marshmallow Peep! It has has been subject to blending, microwaving, and bludgeoning all in the name of fun or weird science.
• For the record, Peeps get their day-glo look and gooey consistency from three simple ingredients: gelatin, corn syrup, and yellow dye #5.
The colorful Easter egg
• The Easter egg toss dates back to the medieval church where a hard-boiled egg was thrown from one choir boy to the next. When the priest called "time up" whoever held it got to keep the egg.
• Coloring eggs was brought to a high art when medieval English kings dispersed hundreds of decorated, gold-leafed eggs throughout the royal household at Easter.
• Another royal, Russian Czar Alexander, was later responsible in 1883 for commissioning the famous Fabergé eggs - from goldsmith Peter Carl Faberge - as an Easter gift for his wife, the Empress Marie.
• According to the Guinness Book of World Records the largest Easter egg ever made was unveiled in Cortenuova, Italy in 2011 weighing in at 8,968 lbs. of dark chocolate and marshmallow.
• The largest decorated Easter egg was made in Alcochete, Portugal in 2008 measuring more than 48 ft. long and a little over 27 feet in diameter.
• True or false? Eggs contain nearly every nutrient known to be essential to humans. (True.)
• Which came first? The chicken or the egg? (That's a good question!)