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.
People once believed that the thickness of an onion’s skin could predict the severity of the winter to come. A thick skin predicted a rough winter, while thin skin meant milder weather.
There are more than 100 types of cabbage grown worldwide. In the United States, the most common types of cabbage are green, red, and Savoy cabbage, while the most common types of Chinese cabbage are Bok Choy and Napa cabbage.
There are more than 50 varieties of grapes.
The average American eats approximately 3 pounds of oranges per year.
Cantaloupes are also called “muskmelons” in the United States.
Americans’ combined consumption of orange juice and fresh oranges makes oranges the most consumed fruit in the United States.