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Here Are Some Fun Facts About Fruits and Vegetables

Bell Peppers are Not Vegetables, but Fruits

Surprised? According to scientists, fruit has been defined as the part of a plant’s body that develops from a flower and bears seeds.

So technically it means that bell peppers along with the cucumbers, squash, and pumpkins are to be considered as fruits. It’s purely up to you whether or not to include any of those fruits into your next fruit salads.

Bananas are Berries

A true berry is a fruit that grows from a single ovary and a  single flower. The ovary is the female reproductive part of the flower. That means kiwis, grapes, and even bananas belong to berries family.So next time when you peel off the banana’s think about it.

It May Be Best to Steam Broccoli

If you are trying to slash out your cholesterol, better steam your broccoli as that will helps in lowering your cholesterol level a little more. Raw broccoli has cancer-fighting substances in it. In a part-by-part breakdown, this composite flower has a few more nutrients as compared to the stalks only. And the leaves, that most cooks and people throw away, also has some nutrients which are not found in either the stem nor the florets.

Avocados Are Fruits

Avocados carry seeds in it, so that makes it a fruit. They are the rich source of fat, however, it is the good kind that helps in lowering the cholesterol. This creamy fruit also helps your body in absorbing the nutrients in other food items, such as tomatoes. So toss few slices of diced tomatoes into your next batch of guacamole cuisine.

Potatoes Top Bananas in Potassium

Our body needs potassium to help in strengthening our muscles and control our blood pressure level. Though bananas are high in it, however, they are not the best source of it. So this time why not try spud, instead? Potatoes are richer in potassium. They don’t have fat in it and are also a good source of vitamins and iron as well.

Tomatoes Are Fruits and Veggies

Tomatoes are fruits. However, by law, they are categorized under vegetables. Here is the juicy history of tomato: In the 1800’s, New York’s port used to tax veggies, but not the fruits. There was an importer who wanted to cut the costs, so he went to the court, saying that his tomatoes were fruits, not a veggie. The trial went all the way to the Supreme Court, which finally ruled that, in “common language,” the produce that is served with meats and fish are vegetables. So, the man had to pay the tax on tomato.

Figs Match Milk in Calcium

Are you trying to get more calcium? Instead of taking more milk than usual, you can have a bowl of fruit too. Figs are rich in calcium. A cup of dried figs has enough calcium as the same amount present in milk. And, they are also a great source of fiber too. But don’t overeat as it is also rich in sugar and calories as well.

Blackberries Aren’t Really Berries

Don’t let the berry name fool you. In the plant world, raspberries, blackberries, and even strawberries are not berries at all, but clumps of tiny individual fruits that develop together.

Kiwis Beat Oranges in Vitamin C

Kiwis are the biggest nutritional pack that has potential to aside all your other fruits present on the table. They are twice as rich in vitamin C as of an orange, and they are also high in potassium, low in salt as compared to bananas. They are also enriched with other minerals, vitamins, and heart-healthy nutrients.

Apples Are Cousins of Roses

Apples are a rich source of vitamin C and fiber. As you take a single bite, have you noticed a sweet smell? Apples, cherries, pears, and plums are some of the fruits that belong from the same family tree as the rose. Try dried apple slices to prepare a sweet-smelling potpourri.

Tiny Carrots Aren’t Really ‘Babies’

Those cute little-bagged carrots that you see in the grocery store are not baby veggies. They are cut from full-grown varieties that are thinner and sweeter than traditional carrots. When they turn a little white, they just dry out. 

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