5 Surprising Facts About Fruit and Vegetables
We all love to eat fruit, and vegetables...mostly. They are surprisingly awesome and exist in nature providing unique goodness and deliciousness.
Fruit and veggies exist in nature so they can reproduce. They are colourful, unique and come in conveniently packages. Not only this, they taste fresh and delicious, and are packed full of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Here are 5 interesting facts and tips about produce you eat every day:
1.What do the seeds on strawberries mean?
One strawberry has around 200 seeds on the outside. Strawberries and raspberries are interestingly the only fruits that wear their seeds on the outside. It is because of this reason that they aren't strictly a 'true' berry like blueberries or grapes.
2.Are bananas a fruit, flower or herb?
The scientific name for banana is Musa sapientum, which translates to "fruit of the wise men." If you put a banana with an under ripe avocado in a brown paper bag, you can ripen a both of these quickly.
3.Are tomatoes the most popular fruit in the world?
Tomatoes are actually fruits and are made of 94.5 percent water. They are the most popular fruit in the world eaten in almost all countries. The tomato plant originates from Central America and is from the nightshade family, which also includes eggplant, potato, capsicum and chilli.
4.How old are supermarket apples?
Supermarket apples can be up to one year old.This is thanks to controlled atmosphere storage.Here apples are sealed in an environment that is around 2 percent oxygen where temperature, humidity, nitrogen and carbon dioxide are all carefully regulated and can be 6-12 months old before you actually buy them at the supermarket. An apple tree can produce up to 400 apples a year.
5.How many seeds does a pomegranate have?
The average pomegranate can contain 600 to 1,400 seeds or 'arils'. Pomegranates are a great source of vitamin C, K, folate and fibre.