See How We Grow...

...Potatoes, Fruit, Vegetables, Salads & Organics

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Fun Facts on Fruit and Veg

  • The city of Chicago gets its name from the Native American Indian word for wild garlic - shikaakwa or chicagaoua - that was plentiful in the region.
  • Labourers on the pyramids in ancient Egypt were paid in onions, garlic and radishes.
  • Apples come from the same botanical family as roses - they're cousins!
  • Tomatoes, eggplant, olives, peas, avocado, cucumber, pumpkin, peppers and zucchini are all technically categorised as fruits due to how they develop from seeds.
  • The first recorded watermelon harvest was 5000 years ago in Egypt.  In China and Japan, watermelons are considered the perfect gift to bring a host.  To pick a perfect watermelon, look for one that is dark green in colour and heavy.  Ripe watermelons are on average 92% water; higher water content indicates a riper melon water which makes them heavier.

  • Apple A Day An apple a day really does keep the doctor away! This Victorian adage was recently found to be true by the British Medical Journal when it published results of research that shows that approx. 8,500 vascular deaths from heart attack or stroke in people aged 50 and over could be prevented or delayed every year, if only they ate an apple a day.

  • The turnip and not the pumpkin was first used for Halloween in Ireland. Hollowed out and used as a candle lantern during the traditional Celtic festival of Samhain, large turnips were often carved with faces and put in windows to ward off harmful spirits.
  • Potatoes are the staple diet of two thirds of the world's population.
  • In Japan, watermelons are sometimes cultivated in glass cubes so they grow into an easily-stored square shape.
  • Yams and sweet potatoes are not the same thing.
  • The first potatoes brought to Europe in the 16th century were accused of being a cause of madness and leprosy.
  • Johnny Appleseed roamed the frontiers of America in his barefeet and sackcloths in late 1700s and early 1800s planting apple orchards and is thought to be responsible for approx 100,000 square miles of orchards. Back then apples weren't widely eaten as food but used primarily to make hard cider and applejack.
  • Potatoes are the world's most efficient means of converting land, water and labour into an edible product.
  • The myth of carrots improving your eyesight was actually started by the British War Ministry during WWII. It was created in order to explain the increased accuracy of British bombers on German targets. The real reason for their improvement was a new radar system, but they had everyone believing their pilots were eating copious amounts of carrots. FYI: Carrots contain vitamin A which does aid in overall eye health, but they won't actually improve eyesight!
  • In the UK, potatoes are responsible for 15% of the country's vitamin C intake, whereas rice and pasta are responsible for NONE.
  • Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
  • Carrots have been a staple in many countries for thousands of years although it is only since the 16th century that they have been orange. Earliest records show carrots were purple; later records show red, yellow and white carrots were found.  The reason that the vast majority of carrots we now see are orange is due to a Dutch botanist who hybridized the carrot to create a tasty orange variety in tribute to William of Orange. 
  • Dark green vegetables contain more vitamin C than light green colour vegetables.
  • Coffee beans are actually a type of fruit pit.
  • Place raw kiwi-fruits in a plastic bag for 4-6 days to ripen. Keeping them in a paper bag with an Apple, Pear and Banana will help to augment ripening process.
  • Avocados are one of the few fruits to contain fat, but the fat is the good kind, monounsaturated, that helps to lower blood cholesterol. Avocados grow on evergreen trees up to 12 metres high.
  • Broccoli means 'little sprouts' in Italian. It's part of the Brassica family of vegetables which includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage.
  • In sub-tropical growing regions (like Brazil, the country that grows the most oranges in the world) there are never temperatures cold enough to break down the chlorophyll in the fruit’s skin, which means it may still be yellow or green even when it’s ripe. But because American consumers like their oranges to be orange, imported oranges get treated with ethylene gas to get rid of the chlorophyll and turn them orange. This also means that Florida oranges tend to be yellower than California oranges, because they’re grown further south.
  • Japanese Yubari cantaloupes are the most expensive fruit in the world; two melons once sold at auction for $23,500.
  • Cherry farmers hire helicopter pilots to air-dry their trees after it rains so that the cherries don’t split open.
  • A field of potatoes creates more energy per acre per day than a field of any other crop.
  • An apple tree can produce up to 400 apples a year.