Fun Facts

Casein paint

June 20, 2019

Fun Fact! The milk protein casein is used to create casein paint, a fast-drying, water-soluble medium that artists use.

Yams and sweet potatoes

June 13, 2019

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.

U.S. Onion farmers

June 6, 2019

Fun Fact! There are fewer than 1000 onion farmers in the U.S.

Chickpea colors

May 30, 2019

Fun Fact! Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are most commonly tan or beige, but also come in yellow, red, dark green, and brown.

Lettuce as a weed

May 23, 2019

Fun Fact: Lettuce was considered a weed before ancient Egyptians turned it into a food plant.

Tomato fear

May 16, 2019

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.

Darker carrots

May 9, 2019

Fun Fact: The darker a carrot’s color is, the more beta-carotene it contains.

Sweet peppers and hot peppers

May 2, 2019

Fun Fact: Peppers come in two general varieties: sweet (mild) and chili (hot). The most common sweet pepper is the bell pepper.

Strawberries and raspberries not berries?

April 25, 2019

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.