All of us know that vegetables are good for health and some of them are our favorites. However, there are a few interesting facts about vegetables which we may not understand. For instance, most of us believe watermelon is a fruit, but they’re in reality vegetables and they belong to the cucumber, pumpkin family. The largest watermelon in the world weighs more than 260 pounds.
There’s another interesting fact about thymes. In England, thymes are planted in huge patches. It is believed that the fairies would play in the patches. We know that carrots are rich in Vitamin A. It is better to use frozen vegetables that are picked and packed on the same day. Fresh vegetables get to the super market long time after they have been picked. Hence, they may loose some essential nutrients.
Most of us use bell peppers that are green in color. However, they are also available in red, purple or yellow colours. The important nutrients in potatoes reside below the skin layer, so it’s wise to cook potatoes with skin. There are two common types of peas- snow peas and snap peas. Snap peas are permitted to grow well, so we can eat within the peas either raw or cooked. However, most of them don’t know the very best green leaves of the beets are edible and they’re the most healthy part of beets. We can boil the leaves lightly and eat.
Onions add taste and flavor to any recipes. When we onions, tears come from our eyes. The reason is that the onion releases amino acid sulfides, when we cut. These acids turn to sulfenic acids, which mix with enzymes from the onion. This contributes to create a sulfuric compound called propanethiol S-oxide. Our eyes release tears in response to this burning feeling. However, when we cook onions, the enzyme is inactivated by the heat, so our eyes do not discharge tears.
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 yelling. We can run a fan when cutting onions. The air from fan pulls the sulphuric gas and helps to prevent tears.