Fun Fruits and Vegetable Facts

It doesn’t matter that as children, we hated eating our greens; as parents we’re making our children eat them anyway. We finally know what our mums meant when they told us that we had to eat everything put on the table. Fruits and vegetables make up for a big portion of our diet (unless you’re a vegetarian, then it’s your complete diet). They provide vitamins and minerals important for our body and boost our immune system.

Unfortunately, our children don’t understand all that. So the next time they protest at eating a fruit or vegetable, tell them a little fun fact about it. We’re not saying that they’ll eat it without complaining but they will at least gain a little general knowledge. You never know, 20 years from now, they’ll be repeating the same facts to their kids!

Of course, there are countless fruits and vegetables. So for the sake of this post, we’re narrowing it down to 5 of the most common fruits and vegs.

Fruits

Apple

Apples are rich in fibre and Vitamin C.

They can also help keep you awake better than drinking a cup of coffee. There’s a scientific behind that explanation (sugar instead of caffeine) but methinks it’s all that chewing we have to do!

There’s an interested Korean saying about apples: An apple in the morning is gold, an apple in the afternoon is silver and an apple in the evening is poison. This negates the above fact which means we can only switch caffeine with apple in the morning.

Apples help prevent cancer, heart disease, asthma and Type II Diabetes.

Banana

There are more than a 100 varieties of bananas.

Bananas are packed with energy. Their natural sugars provide an instant boost of energy

Which is why they are the most consumed fruit among top athletes.

They regulate blood pressures (potassium) and build bone strength (magnesium).

Orange

An orange contains the amount of vitamin C that a healthy adult should eat daily.

Brazil produces the largest amount of oranges in the world

If left on a tree, an orange will not become overripe even though it will change its colour back to green (from orange).

Grapes

Over 70 million tons of grapes are grown worldwide every year.

More than 50% of them are fermented to produce wine.

Grapes are grown in all but one continent: Antartica.

Dried grapes are called raisins

They consist of about 80% water.

Strawberry

Strawberries are the only fruit that have seeds on the outside.

An average strawberry has 200 seeds

It is a member of the Rose family which means that technically, it’s not a fruit but a receptacle of a flower.

There is a museum in Belgium just for strawberries

Olives

Olive trees can live for more than 1500 years. The oldest olive tree is 5000 years old and still producing.

Olives are not edible green or ripe. They’re treated with lye or cured in brine or dry salt.

90% of world olive production is used to make olive oil

Olive oil can be used as a substitute for shaving cream

They also control blood cholesterol levels

Vegetables

Potato

Potatoes are 20% solid and 80% water

It is the most popular vegetable in the world – thanks to French fries.

Thomas Jefferson is given credit for introducing French fries to America

Potato is the fourth most important crop in the world. It is preceded by corn, wheat and rice.

Tomato

Tomato is actually a fruit but a US Supreme Court ruling in 1893 made it a vegetable.

The French used to refer to Tomato as the apple of love

The British and the Americans thought tomato was beautiful but poisonous when it was first introduced

There are at least 10,000 varieties of tomatoes

Peas

Only 5% of peas grown worldwide are sold fresh.

Peas are packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre, protein and carbohydrates.

They help maintain bone health

Carrots

Carrots are about 87% water

Eating too much carrot can turn your skin yellowish orange, especially in the palms and soles of your feet.

Wild rabbits do not eat carrots. Bugs Bunny was an exception

Eating carrots improves the health of your eyes.

Cucumber

Cucumbers are 95% water

They contain most of the vitamins you need every day

Pressing a slice of cucumber to the roof of your mouth for 30 seconds takes care of bad breath

Placing a slice of cucumber on your eyes can cool them and reduce puffiness.

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