Fun Fact! To reduce waste when cooking with shiitake mushrooms, use the stems to add flavor to soups or stocks.
Fun Fact! The milk protein casein is used to create casein paint, a fast-drying, water-soluble medium that artists use.
Fun Fact! Sweet potatoes are not related to potatoes but in fact belong to the morning glory family (Convolvulaceae). By contrast, potatoes are members of the Solanaceae family alongside tomatoes, red peppers, and eggplant. Sweet potatoes are tuberous roots, while potatoes are actually swollen stems.
Fun Fact! There are fewer than 1000 onion farmers in the U.S.
Fun Fact! Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are most commonly tan or beige, but also come in yellow, red, dark green, and brown.
Fun Fact: Lettuce was considered a weed before ancient Egyptians turned it into a food plant.
Fun Fact: In the late 1700s, many Europeans feared tomatoes, believing that they were poisonous (which obviously is not true). The fact is that many European aristocrats died from eating tomatoes off of pewter plates. These plates were high in lead content and responsible for deaths from lead poisoning.
Fun Fact: The darker a carrot’s color is, the more beta-carotene it contains.
Fun Fact: Peppers come in two general varieties: sweet (mild) and chili (hot). The most common sweet pepper is the bell pepper.
Fun Fact: Strawberries and raspberries are technically not berries. Unlike true berries that stem from one flower with one ovary, strawberries and raspberries come from a single flower with more than one ovary.