You would be surprised to know these uncommon things about common vegetables
Vegetables are a treasure of vitamins, minerals, metals, and non-metals that your body needs to assimilate. There are a number of vegetables we have heard of and the nourishment that vegetables provide to human body is very well known. We eat vegetables both cooked and raw, but here are some lesser acknowledged facts about the vegetables we consume everyday.
I am quite sure many of us like eating carrots raw. The color of this vegetable attracts our eyes. Carrot is rich in vitamin A and it is a fibrous vegetable. Do you remember the energy Bugs Bunny gets by chewing carrots? This is the survivor food for people on diet. Eating carrots flushes the body of all undigested food. Carrots are first believed to have been planted and harvested in Afghanistan. About 88% of the entire weight of carrots is water. Carrots are rich in Betacarotene, which is converted into Vitamin A by our body. Are you aware that purple carrots are also cultivated? A specific family of the species of carrots is purple in colour due to the presence of anthocyanin.
I can bet that the cartoon character Popeye reminds you of Spinach! Though your body won't build up the very second after consuming spinach, it will have chronic benefits. Spinach contains proteins and vitamins all bundled up together. There are many varieties of spinach and it is most nutritious when consumed as soon as harvested. In the medieval age, people extracted green pigments from Spinach and used it as ink. It has also been reported that spinach can cause efficient muscle activity. A most weird fact about the spinach is that it can diffuse explosives such as TNT.
This proteinous vegetable is a bliss to mankind. However, there are some interesting confessions about beans. January 6 of every year is celebrated as international Beans day, yeah you read it right! This tender green vegetable is being consumed by humans for about 6000 years now. Bean is not only edible, but also used for ornamental purposes. Raw, dried beans are studded on earrings and necklaces. Bean is the surname of about 70000 people; Mr. Bean is the most familiar character we all know of!
Radish is a superfood. They are diuretic, that is they purify the excretory system and promote proper functioning of the kidneys. The pungent smell of the radishes is due to the presence of sulphur compounds called thiocyanates. It's one of the fastest growing crops; growing to full size within a month. Every year just before the Christmas eve, Mexicans celebrate the annual festival of radishes. This festival, known as the night of radishes is when farmers exhibit the full grown radishes for sale.
The eye capturing dark purple color of this vegetable captures everybody. Nicely spiced and cooked, they are a feast to the tongue. The crown on Brinjal proves it is a king in vitamins!
Consumption of Brinjal prevents cardiovascular disorders. Brinjal, also known as eggplant; is a berry. It tastes a bit sour because the seeds scattered throughout the fleshy berry contain nicotine. The plant contains star shaped flowers coloured in white or purple. It has a very short session of vegetation and is ready for cooking just in two months of planting.
This is the saviour to all kids! Who does not like this swollen underground stem? From sandwiches to fries, this is the king tastemaker of all foods. China leads the world in growing potatoes. These are mainly consumed as French fries and chips. Next to rice, wheat and corn; potato is the staple food of people throughout the world. Interestingly, potatoes were the first vegetable grown in space.
It is one of the vegetables that can mitigate malnutrition in a nation. It is actually a fruit with a number of seeds embedded; but it’s used as a vegetable as it is not sweet to taste. It is mucilagenous as it contains a lot of fibres. Washing Okra makes it more gooey. The ripened seeds of Okra are used in the extraction of oil.
We have always consumed vegetables to stay healthy. There are quite a number of stories behind each one of these!
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