Fruit and Vegetable Fun Facts

•Strawberries are not really a fruit or a berry, but instead are the enlarged receptacle of the flower.

• Americans eat an average of 19.6 pounds of fresh apples each year.
• Pear trees can grow to 60 feet and may be as old as 300 years.
• Peaches and apricots and rich in vitamins A and C.
• Round cherry pits were used to play games such as marbles.
• Almonds are the nutlike seeds from a fruit that looks like a green apricot.
• Melons can grow to 40 pounds or more.
• Olive trees can live for more than 1,500 years.
• Blackberry juice was used to dye cloth navy blue and indigo.
• Black currants are rich in vitamins C and B. Currant juice can be used to soothe sore throats and colds.
• Blueberries contain more antioxidants than most other fruits and vegetables.
• 1 cup of cantaloupe pieces has almost the same amount of vitamin C as one navel orange, 10 times the vitamin A, and it has fewer calories!
• A half-cup of figs has as much calcium as a half-cup of milk.
• Before you get out the peeler for your potatoes, you might want to reconsider. Most of the nutrients in a potato reside just below the skin layer, and you wouldn’t want to peel them away!
• Green bell peppers have twice as much vitamin C as citrus fruit, red peppers have three times as much. Hot peppers contain 357% more vitamin C than an orange.
• One serving of asparagus contains just 16 calories and is a good source of folate and vitamin K.
• Broccoli contains carotenoids and flavonoids, phytochemicals that fight to protect your health!
• Cabbage was one of the first vegetables grown by early American colonists.
• Collards are one of the most durable greens both in the field and in the kitchen. They’re able to withstand heat, drought and light freezes, and are excellent for cooking.

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