Fun Facts

Did you know?

  • Broccoli gets its name from the Italian word “broccolo”, which means “cabbage sprout”.
  • Spinach was the favorite vegetable of Catherine de Medici of Florence, Italy in the 16th century. When she left Florence to marry the king of France in 1533, she brought with her a group of her own cooks, so that they could prepare spinach the way she liked. Since then, dishes prepared with spinach are called “a la Florentine”.
  • Although botanically tomatoes are a fruit, in 1893 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that tomatoes were vegetables, not fruits!
  • Garlic has been consumed since ancient times by many different cultures, and it was often regarded as a medicine.
  • Eating a diet rich in vegetables may reduce risk for stroke, cancer, heart diseases and type-2 diabetes.
  • A horn worm can eat an entire tomato plant by itself in one day!
  • It is recommended that you eat five servings of fruit or vegetables a day. A serving equals one-half cup.

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