Fruit and vegetables have been in our diet for the entirety of human history. We eat them raw, cooked, chilled and frozen – in ever increasingly creative combinations. And we're always trying to find new ways to incorporate more fruits and veggies into our daily diet. We drink them in juices and in the case of things like orange zest, we even use them as seasoning for other foods. As with everything that's been around that long, we know a lot of things about fruit and vegetables. So let's take a look at some of the more interesting facts about our age old friends!
Peppers Are Actually a Fruit
Surprised? Scientists define fruit as the part of a plant that develops from a flower and has seeds. So that means peppers – along with squash, cucumber and pumpkin – are fruits. It's up to you whether or not to include any of those items in your next fruit salad!
Bananas Are Berries
A true berry is a fruit that develops from a single flower and a single ovary (the female part of the flower). That means grapes, kiwis, and even bananas, are berries.
It May Be Best to Steam Broccoli
If you're trying to cut your cholesterol, steam your broccoli – as that helps it lower your levels more. In a part-by-part breakdown, the florets have a few more nutrients than the stalks.The leaves, which most people throw out, have some nutrients not found in either.
Potatoes Top Bananas in the Potassium Stakes
We need potassium to help strengthen our muscles and control our blood pressure. Bananas are high in it, but they aren't the best source. Why not try a spud instead? Potatoes have more potassium, they don't have any fat and are a good source of vitamins and iron too.