While people love to eat, most don’t think about the fun little facts about the various things that go into their mouths. If it tastes good, then that’s about all most need to know. However there is a wealth of fun food facts about some of the food that is eaten almost daily, and even once in a blue moon. So while enjoying that sweet or savory bite, read along and enjoy some of these factoids.
Most should know that the tomato is really a fruit. However, the Supreme Court ruled in 1893, that it is a vegetable! The United States can claim that its residents consume more tomatoes than any other single fruit or vegetable. It’s high in carotenoid Lycopene, which can lower the risk of cancer.
There are more than 1200 varieties of watermelon worldwide. In the Zentsuji region of Japan, farmers are growing cube-shaped watermelon by placing the fruit inside glass boxes and letting them grow inside of the container. China is one of the top five producers of watermelon in the world, and Xigua is the Mandarin Chinese word for watermelon.
While many children dislike their green vegetables, arthritis suffering adults love their broccoli. The latest study from the journal of Arthritis & Rheumatism showed that there are a variety of nutrients along with a sulfur compound that not only filters out carcinogens but also help to fight inflammation. California is the leading producer of broccoli sold in the United States. Steam it or enjoy it raw. Either way, it’s one of the best veggies around!
Quince is a fruit that looks like a pear crossed with an apple. Unfortunately you can’t eat it like either because it is very sour. You have to cook it down and it’s more common to see it in jam or jelly as it is high in pectin. Quince can also be made into wine due to its high acidity. Usually seen as a dessert wine, folks in the Balkans, make it into brandy.
These are just some of the many fun facts about the various foods eaten around the world. Stay tuned for more interesting food factoids. In the meantime, keep on eating all types of food to expand the palate. Be adventurous. There just might be something around the corner that could become a staple in your home.
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