Fun facts about vegetables

  • 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.