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Did You Know: Strange, Fun, and Interesting Facts about Fruits and Vegetables

Updated on June 19, 2013

Fruits and Vegetables are Good for You!

Everyone says eat your fruits and vegetables for a healthy life. Fruits and vegetables can help you ward off many diseases and can prevent:

  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Gastric Issues
  • Liver, Kidney and other Organ Abnormalities

... and so much more!

Healthy Diet? Strange Facts.

But what are you really putting in your body to achieve that healthy diet?

There are many fun things that you may not know about that shiny red apple, or ripe banana that might surprise you - or perhaps get you to eat a fruit or veggie that you have been avoiding.

Here is an interesting collection of fun, but strange facts about common vegetables and fruits that are on the market.

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Vegetables

  • Dark green vegetables like spinach have much more Vitamin C than light green veggies such as celery.
  • The hotter a chilli pepper is, the healthier it is.
    Read more about the Health Benefits of Peppers.
  • Keep stored potatoes from sprouting by storing them with a fresh apple.
  • Onions and potatoes stored together can accelerate how fast they spoil because of the gas they release.
    Be sure to store onions and potatoes separately.
  • Celery contains around 10 calories -- it takes more calories to eat a stalk of celery than it contains, which makes it it a great snack for losing weight fast!
  • Cabbage contains as much water as a watermelon, carrots are not far behind by a few percentile.
  • Orange carrots did not exist until the Dutch crossed yellow and red carrots in experimentation in the 16th century for the "House of Orange", the Dutch Royal Family of that time.
    Originally carrots were yellow, red, white and even purple!
  • Tomatoes that are stored at room temperatures are more flavorful and nutrient filled than those stored in the refrigerator.
  • Smaller zucchini are more flavorful than their larger brothers and sisters.

Veggie Fun Facts!

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Fruits

  • Tomatoes are not a vegetable... surprisingly enough, they are actually a fruit. It took a ruling by the Supreme Court in 1893 to classify it as a vegetable.
  • Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside, having about 200 seeds on average.
  • Olive Oil from olives can actually be used as a substitute for shaving cream!
  • Coconut Oil can be a great emergency substitute for plasma due to the PH levels.
  • Avocados are a fruit and not a vegetable.Those vegetable sushi rolls containing avocado seem strange to me now.
  • One orange has the amount of Vitamin C an adult should consume daily.
  • Pumpkins are not a vegetable, they are a fruit as well!
  • Apples are a much healthier and reliable resource to consume when trying to stay awake than a cup of coffee.
    The all natural sugar that is contained in the apple trumps the potency of the caffeine in coffee any day.
    There are no excuses for why you can't eat an apple instead of having a morning vanilla latte!
  • Avocados have double the potassium of a banana - cramps? Eat them up!
  • Bananas are considered herbs (the world's largest herb), not fruit. The bananas are considered berries of the giant herb related to orchids and lilies -- strange!

Fun Fruit Facts

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Power of Fruits & Vegetables

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      Thank you very much Rose! I learned lots of new things about fruits and vegetables that I didn't even know myself when researching for this article - the world is such an interesting place with strange and interesting things!

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      This is an awesome article! You have offered some very insightful information regarding fruits and vegetables. I didn't know those were seeds on the outside of strawberries. You learn something new everyday! Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Pooja S 4 years ago from Toronto

      nice information.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      You are most certainly welcome Educateurself!

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      Educateurself 4 years ago

      Some great information. Thanks for sharing.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      I'm glad you enjoyed the article JoanCA!

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      JoanCA 4 years ago

      Great facts especially the one about celery. I hadn't heard that before.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      Sunshine625: I love sharing new things I learn with the world. I am very happy you enjoyed these facts as much as I have! Thank you!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      I'm so happy that the facts have helped you out dwachira! I used to store tomatoes in my fridge as well because I like cold tomatoes, but knowing that they could last so much longer (exact times for fridge and counter is listed on my Shelf Life hub article) on my counter is definitely reason to keep them out!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Fun facts about fruits and veggies. I didn't know about storing an apple with potatoes or that carrots were purple at one time! I learn a few new facts. Great hub!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Neinahpets,

      I must say i did not know most of these facts, i now know why i should not store tomatoes in a refrigerator anymore. [Keep stored potatoes from sprouting by storing them with a fresh apple.] It is the first one that caught my attention. Great reading, voted up, interesting and shared.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      That's definitely one way to look at it drpennypincher!

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      Dr Penny Pincher 4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      I like apples a lot, but I like coffee even more. I guess coffee could count as a fruit product since coffee beans are seeds of coffee cherries...

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      Yes, lemonkerdz, it really is surprising just what you can discover doing a little research. I've learned so much lately reading about fruits and vegetables and their benefits.

      Thank you for your great words and vote! Much appreciated!

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Thanks for the helpful hub Neinahptes there are some really good tips and information to get anyone eating more fruit and veg. I have been amazed doing research for some of my hubs, just how many different foods can help to control cancer. We were created to eat fresh food so it stands to reason it would always be better for us to peel & cut, rather than open and pour from an aluminium can or from some other packaging.

      Voted up :-)

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      Hi vibesites! Thank you so much for your interest and share... oh, and the many votes!

      Yes, when I first heard that bananas were just a "berry" of the banana tree I was taken aback. It's so amazing to find out these new things! I did not know that bamboo trees were considered to be grass and not true trees! I have learned something new as well, thank you!

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Very interesting and practical information! It's a lot fun to read and I learn something new.

      Banana "trees" are herbs? Maybe because they're not woody unlike trees and do not have branches. Makes sense. Just like a bamboo tree which is actually not a tree but a grass.

      Thanks for posting! Up and awesome, interesting, and shared. :)