Vegetable Fun Facts: Did You Know?!

There is so much going on in the kitchen, with all the veggies eager to tell you fun facts about themselves! Some of it you may have known, some of it you may not, so here’s a little interesting titbit about what’s there in your fridge. Read on and tell your little ones about it!

  1. Potatoes were first seen in Europe in 1586, and came to North America in 1719.
  2. The tomato was originally a fruit. It was declared a vegetable by the US Supreme Court in 1893.
  3. Cabbages are one of the oldest known vegetables to man.
  4. The original carrots used to be purple? Farmers in Holland started planting orange carrots in the sixteenth century.
  5. Broccoli and cauliflower are vegetables, but they are also actually flowers.
  6. Onions contain something that irritate our tear ducts and make us cry. This is the same thing that is produced by volcanoes when they erupt, but of course in a much larger scale!
  7. Cucumbers are one of the oldest vegetables, cultivated for thousands of years in India and Asia.
  8. Eating garlic can keep mosquitoes away.
  9. In earlier times, mushrooms were believed to have magical powers. They have also been used as medicines.
  10. Some cultures feed pumpkins to animals.
  11. Spinach is one of the most nutritious vegetables.
  12. Red capsicums contain a higher amount of Vitamin A and C than the green ones.
  13. Brinjals, also known as eggplant, are really a fruit.
  14. An olive tree can live for over one thousand years.
  15. Peas have a high sugar content, so it’s preferable to eat them up quickly.
  16. Carrots improve vision, especially night vision, as they contain a very high level of vitamin A.
  17. If you eat salty foods, corns help balance the body’s fluids as they are a good source of potassium.
  18. During the American Civil War in the 1860s, onions were thought to be a powerful medicine.
  19. Keeping potatoes in the dark for too long may turn them poisonous.
  20. 35% of an adult’s daily requirement of Vitamin C can be found in a medium-sized potato.

*Data courtesy: freshforkids.com, factmonster.com, nhs.uk

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