Monday, May 20, 2013

Fun Fruit and Vegetable Facts

Did you know that banana trees are not trees? The banana plant is actually a giant herb. Today's blog features fun facts about different fruits and vegetables!

-One avocado tree can produce up to 400 avocados a year! 
-Avocados are a good source of Vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, folate, and fiber. They are also high in Vitamin E.

-Ever wonder how many seeds were on your strawberry? On average, there are 200!
-Strawberries are not truly a berry, despite their name. 
-Strawberries are a good source Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.

-Kiwi can be used as a meat tenderizer. Cut the fruit in half, rub over meat, and leave for 10-15 minutes. 
-The brown fuzzy skin is edible!
-Kiwi are a good source of Vitamin C and E, potassium, and fiber.

-Native to North America. They were deemed the name "cranberry" because the flowers resemble cranes.

-The name broccoli comes from the Latin word brachium, which means "branch" or "arm"
-Broccoli is a good source of Vitamin A, folate, iron, calcium, and fiber.
-Ounce for ounce, Broccoli has more vitamin C than an orange and as much calcium as a glass of milk.

-The nectarine is actually a subspecies of peach that lacks the gene for fuzz. 

-Cabbage needs to be kept cold in order to retain its Vitamin C.

-Pick carrots that are dark orange in color (more beta-carotene).
-Carrots are a good source of fiber, beta-carotene, and Vitamin A.

-They are technically a fruit; however, they are prepared and eaten like vegetables.
-The French used to refer to the tomato as the "apple of love."
-Tomatoes are a good source of Vitamin A and C. 

-Ever wonder why apples float? They are good for apple bobbing games because they are 25% air!

-You can speed up the ripening of a pineapple by standing it upside down (on the leafy end).

EXTRA Food Facts
-In ancient Greece and Rome, fava beans were used in voting; a white bean was used to cast a yes vote, and a black bean for no
-Pinch your nose and eat an onion, apple, and potato. They will all taste sweet. The difference in flavor is caused by their smell.

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