We all know that vegetables are good for health and a number of them are our favorites. However, there are a few interesting facts about vegetables that we might not understand. For instance, most of us think that watermelon is a fruit, but they’re in reality vegetables and they belong to the cucumber, pumpkin family. The largest watermelon on earth weighs more than 260 lbs.
There’s another fun fact about thymes. In England, thymes are planted in huge patches. It’s believed that the fairies would play in the patches. We know that carrots are rich in Vitamin A. It is much better to use frozen vegetables that are picked and packaged on the same day. Fresh vegetables reach the super market long time after they’ve been picked. Hence, they may loose some essential nutrients.
Most of us use bell peppers that are green in color. However, they’re also available in red, purple or yellow colors. The critical nutrients in potatoes reside below the skin layer, so it is advisable to cook potatoes with skin. 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. However, the majority of them don’t know the very best green leaves of the beets are edible and they’re the most healthy part of beets.
Onions add taste and flavor to any recipes. When we onions, tears come out of our eyes. This contributes to create a sulfuric compound called propanethiol S-oxide. It comes into contact with our eyes and causes an itching sensation. Our eyes release tears in response to that burning feeling. However, when we cook onions, the enzyme is inactivated by the heat, so our eyes do not release tears.
We can wear safety goggles when we cut the onion. This can prevent crying. We can keep onion in the fridge for a couple of minutes and can cut them. Rinsing the onions in water before cutting can also stop crying. We can conduct a fan while cutting onions. The air from fan pulls the gas and helps to avoid tears.