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Amazing Fruit Facts

The other day I was playing Fruit Ninja, and at the end of the game I saw a fruit fact which was very interesting. So I thought why not dig into some research on different fruits and share interesting facts about them. Please note that all the picture credits are from www.shutterstock.com ……

1. Orange

orange

  • It is possible for more than one plant to grow from a single seed of orange.
  • Oranges are one of the few fruits that will not over ripen if left on the tree!
  • There are over 600 varieties of oranges…
  • Brazil is the largest producer of oranges in the world. Oranges were known as the fruits of the Gods. They were often referred as the ‘golden apples’ that Hercules stole.

2. Apple

apple

  • More than 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States, but only the crabapple is native to North America. Apples contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol and are a good source of fiber.
  • Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.
  • Apples ripen six to 10 times faster at room temperature than if they are refrigerated.
  • In 1730 the first apple nursery was opened in Flushing, New York.
  • One of George Washington’s hobbies was pruning his apple trees.
  • The bump at the front of the throat is called Adam’s Apple, which is said to be caused by the forbidden fruit getting stuck in Adam’s throat when he ate it in the Garden of Eden.

3. Strawberry

strawberry

  • Strawberries are the only fruit that wear their seeds on the outside.
  • The average berry is adorned with some 200 of them. No wonder it only takes one bite to get seeds stuck in your teeth. Belgium has a museum dedicated to strawberries. In the gift shop at Le Musée de la Fraise (The Strawberry Museum), you can buy everything from strawberry jam to strawberry beer.
  • The strawberry, a member of the rose family.
  • The combination of nutrients in strawberries leads to the prevention of and suppression of cancer cells! What other reason could you need?

4. Mango

mango

  • Mangoes were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago.
  • Mango seeds traveled with humans from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa and South America beginning around 300 or 400 A.D.
  • No matter how old the mango tree is, it can still bear fruits even after it reaches its peak age of 300 years. This is a very interesting fact about mangoes.
  • A basket full of mangoes is considered to be a sign of friendship in India. So, the next time you visit a good friend, present to him/her a basket of mangoes.
  • Fresh mango is a good source of potassium. 100 g fruit provides 156 mg of potassium while just 2 mg of sodium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.

5. Coconut

coconut

  • The sailors aboard Vasco de Gama’s ships gave the coconut its name. They called it “Coco”, named after a grimacing face or hobgoblin. When the “coco” came to England, the suffix of nut was added and that’s how the name came about.
  • Coconut Water Can Be Used as a Substitute for Blood Plasma !!!
  • In tropical countries like Sumatra, farmers train monkeys to harvest their coconuts. Most farmers control the beasts with a long leash, but some monkeys are so well-trained they respond to their owner’s voice. These animals are in such high demand that they can fetch quite the penny.

6. Pineapple

pineapple

  • It takes almost 3 years for a single pineapple to reach maturation, which makes the price tag a bit more understandable. Once harvested, pineapples don’t continue to ripen.
  • Did you know pineapple is good for colds and coughs? Pineapples are packed with Vitamin C and all the flu fighting goodness you’d expect to get from oranges except pineapples have something EXTRA special! Bromelain, an enzyme which is found in pineapples, is excellent for digestion and has been found to help suppress coughs and loosen mucus.
  • Did you know one pineapple plant produces only one pineapple every 2 years?
  • Pineapple is not, strictly speaking, a fruit. Rather it is 100-200 fruitlets all fused together!!!

7. Watermelon

watermelon

  • The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
  • Watermelon is 92% water.
  • Watermelon’s official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae. It is cousins to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
  • By weight, watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the U.S., followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.
  • The United States currently ranks 5th in worldwide production of watermelon. Forty-four states grow watermelons with Florida, Texas, California, Georgia and Arizona consistently leading the country in production.
  • Not only does it quench your thirst, it can also quench inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis.
  • Every part of a watermelon is edible, even the seeds and rinds.
  • Watermelon is a vegetable! It is related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash!!!

8. Papaya

papaya

  • Papaya was introduced to Hawaii in the early 1800s. Today, Hawaii is a U.S. state that is the only commercially cultivated papaya.
  • Young papaya fruit contains enzyme called papain. Papain has been used as a natural meat tenderizer for thousands of years.
  • Enzyme Papain can also be applied to the human body. Papain enzyme injections are given to treat the disease Hernia. Harrison Ford, the main character in the movie Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom, Hernia disease while filming and treated with papain injections.
  • Papaya seeds that resemble edible pepper. They can be ground and used as a substitute for black pepper.
  • A small papaya contains about 300 percent of the recommended Vitamin C per day.

9. Jamun or Indian Blackberry

jamun

  • Jamun fruit, also called Indian blackberry, is a popular seasonal fruit in India. Its deep purple colour and striking sweet, sour taste is one of the reasons the fruit is relished by everyone.
  • Jamun is used to treat diabetes by several traditional practitioners. Scientifically, it has a low glycaemic index, making it a good option for diabetics.
  • The tropical tree is graceful in form and evergreen.
  • It is a native to India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Burma and Sri Lanka and very much recognizable to most of the people for its medicinal properties. Though it has uniquely designed leaves and it profuse sweet-scented flowers annually, very few people recognize it in that way.

10. Peach

peach

  • Because of the above mentioned A and C vitamins in this fruit, it is a great moisturizer and a natural cure for refreshing the skin; therefore it is often used in cosmetics.
  • In Roman times, people thought peach originated from Persia – its scientific latin name also reflects this: ‘Prunus persica ’. Peaches were often called as ‘Persian Apples’
  • “you’re a real peach” originated from the tradition of giving a peach to the friend you liked.

11. Grapes

grapes

  • Grapes appear in many colours. White, red, black, blue, green, purple and golden.
  • There are over 8,000 grape varieties worldwide.
  • The oldest grapevine in America is a 400 year old Scuppernong vine in North Carolina.
  • The production of wine from grapes started as early as 5000 BC.
  • Grapes help minimize the risk of heart attacks because they increase the levels of nitric acid in the blood which prevents blood clots.

I hope you enjoyed reading these interesting facts about different fruits as much as I enjoyed learning about them……

Written by Ekta Agarwal

Hello everyone!! I am Ekta Agarwal from Hyderabad, India. Welcome to my blog where I share my recipes (tried and tested), interesting write ups on herbs, spices, cuisines and dining experiences.

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  • Poonam Chhabra
    March 24, 2015 at 4:44 am

    Amazing and interesting information on fruits ‘

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