Vegetables: Fun Facts

Source: The USDA Vegetable Laboratory

  • Bell peppers are usually sold green, but they can also be red, purple or yellow.
  • Tomatoes are very high in the carotenoid Lycopene; eating foods with carotenoids can lower your risk of cancer.
  • Other vegetables high in carotenoids are carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, and collard greens.
  • Most of the nutrients in a potato reside just below the skin layer.
  • A horn worm can eat an entire tomato plant by itself in one day!
  • In the United States, more tomatoes are consumed than any other single fruit or vegetable!
  • California produces almost all of the broccoli sold in the United States.
  • White potatoes were first cultivated by local Indians in the Andes Mountains of South America.
  • Yams and sweet potatoes are not the same thing!
  • A baked potato (with skin) is a good source of dietary fiber (4 grams).
  • Actually a fruit, it took a ruling by the Supreme Court in 1893 to make the tomato a vegetable.
  • Potatoes first appeared in Europe in 1586; they made it to North America in 1719.
  • The potato disease “Late Blight” was the principal cause of the Irish Potato Famine, which killed a half million people.
  • It is recommended that you eat five servings of fruit or vegetables a day. A serving equals one-half cup.
Tomato Facts

Tomato Facts

  • The tomato is in the same family as the potato, pepper, eggplant, and petunia.
  • There are thousands of different tomato varieties.
  • The French used to refer to the tomato as the “apple of love.”
  • Scientists at Cornell University have identified two cancer-fighting substances in the tomato: P-courmaric and chlorogenic acids.
  • Tomatoes are a good source of vitamins A and C.
  • A versatile vegetable for cooking, tomatoes can be prepared stuffed, baked, boiled, stewed, pickled, and fried, and are the base for many sauces.
  • Florida is the number one producer of fresh market tomatoes.
Potato Facts

Potato Facts

  • Thomas Jefferson is given credit for introducing French fries to America.
  • Germans eat twice as many potatoes as Americans.
  • 35 % of an adult’s daily requirement of vitamin C can be found in a medium-sized potato.
  • Mr. Potato Head was introduced by the Hasbro company in 1952.
  • Potatoes do not have to be stored in a refrigerator, but they should be kept dark and dry.
  • Potatoes are only 20% solids…and 80% water.