Some things you might not know about tomatoes:
- There are around 7500 varieties of tomato grown
- They contain lycopene, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants.
- Technically a tomato fruit is classified as a berry
- The leaves of tomato plants are poisonous
- The heaviest tomato ever grown was one of 3.51 kg
Scientific Name: Solanum lycopersicum L. (described here)
Etymology: Solanum (nightshade) lyco (wolf) persicum (peach)
Uses: Cooking, raw and cooked.
History: The tomato originated in the highlands of South America and was brought to europe by Spanish explorers in the late 15th or early 16th century.
October 30th, 2009
Some things you might not know about artichokes:
- are in the same family as lettuce.
- are a kind of thistle
- The core of the artichoke stem is edible as well – don’t throw it away!
- If you cook artichokes in an aluminum pot it will turn the pot grey.
August 10th, 2009
Some things you might not know about figs:
- There are about 800 species of figs.
- The ‘fruit’ that we eat is not a fruit, but actually a collection of flowers called an inflorescence.
- These flowers grow on the inside of the ‘fruit’.
- Each species of fig is usually pollinated by its own species of wasp in a symbiotic relationship.
- It is thought that figs could be the oldest cultivated crop (preceding wheat and rye by up to 1000 years).
- Figs have a higher quantity of fibre than any other dried or fresh fruit.
May 9th, 2007
Some things you might not know about capers:
- native to the Mediterranean basin
- are the pickled or salted flower buds of the plant Capparis spinosa L.
- caperberries are semi-mature fruit that have been pickled
- the strong flavour is largely due to the presence of mustard oil.
- capers have been known for thousands of years and were mentioned in the writings of Pliny the Elder.
May 1st, 2006
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March 16th, 2006
Some things you might not know about lemons:
- Lemons are members of the Rutaceae family (Rutceae).
- Lemons have been used as contraceptive in historical times and lemon juice has been shown to kill HIV.
- Lemons are native to south east Asia, Persia and the Himalayas.
February 24th, 2006
Some things you might not know about avocados:
- Avocados are members of the Laurel family (Lauraceae).
- The common name avocado is derived from the Aztec word for testicle.
- Avocados are about one third fat (although most of this is the monounsaturated kind).
- Avocados have been cultivated since 8000BC.
February 24th, 2006