Interesting Facts On Vegetables

Vegetables are highly recommended as part of our healthy diet. We all eat vegetables and do also have our favorites. But more often we consume these vegetables without really knowing much about them. This article shares some interesting facts on vegetables that we daily consume. So, read on to find out some of the strange and interesting facts about some of the vegetables.

Listed below are some of the fun facts on vegetables that you may be surprised to find out:

1. You often cry when you cut an onion. When you cut an onion, it releases amino acids sulfoxides, which turn into sulfenic acids. The sulfenic acids then merge together with enzymes produced by the onion to form propanethiol S-oxide, which is a sulphuric chemical. This chemical comes into contact with the water in your eyes and causes a burning sensation. In response to this irritation, your eyes release tears in an effort to remove the irritant. This one interesting facts on vegetables that you should know.

2. To prevent crying when you cut an onion you can wear goggles, run a fan to pull the sulphuric gas away from you. You can also place the onion in a bowl of water and then cut it. Moreover, you can also keep the onion in the fridge as the cold air in the fridge will slow the chemical reactions inside the onion.

3. Do you know watermelons are vegetables? Yes they are, they belong to the same family as cucumber, pumpkins and squash. Moreover, the world's largest watermelon on record weighed over 260 pounds.

4. There is another fun fact about thymes. In England, thymes are planted in large patches. It is believed that the fairies would play in the patches.

5. Carrots are rich in Vitamin A, they help us to see better in the dark and prevent night blindness.

6. Other interesting facts on vegetables also include that, frozen vegetables are more nutritious than fresh vegetables. Frozen vegetables are picked and packaged on the same day. While fresh vegetables reach the super market long time after they have been picked. Hence, they may lose some essential nutrients.

7. Most of us do not know that the top green leaves of the beets are edible and they are the most nutritious part of beets. We can boil the leaves lightly and eat.

8. There are two common kinds of peas- snow peas and snap peas. Snap peas are allowed to grow well, so we can eat inside the peas either raw or cooked.

9. Most of us use bell peppers that are green in color. However, they are also available in red, purple or yellow colors.

10. The important nutrients in potatoes reside below the skin layer, so it is advisable to cook potatoes with skin.