Trivia: Did you know?

[size=150]The Peanut[/size]

Peanuts are food that is often thought of as a “nut,” but are actually legumes. Though its casing is not dehiscent, its structure of a split pod and seeds most resembles that of the Leguminosae family. Its name alone (pea-nut) indicates the confusion that arises when trying to classify it, but in the end, its flowering plant wins out. As the Peanut Institute explains it: “While their physical structure and nutritional benefits more closely resemble that of other legumes, their use in diets and cuisines more closely resembles that of nuts.”

[size=150]VEGETABLE SPAGHETTI[/size]

VEGETABLE SPAGHETTI Vegetable spaghetti, vegetable marrow, spaghetti squash, noodle squash, and squaghetti. All are names for a variety of squash or marrow (Cucurbita pepo) that looks like a small yellow watermelon, with flesh composed of long thin spaghetti-like strings.
Most authorities agree it is an American native, but where in North or Central America it originated, no one knows. (Tracing its origin and travels around the world to China, Japan, Italy, etc. is also difficult, due to another relative of the Cucurbits, the Spaghetti Gourd, Lagenaria sicararia, which also has a similar stringy flesh.)They can be baked, boiled or steamed, and served with sauce as for any pasta.
Spaghetti squash, an oval-shaped yellow squash is also called the vegetable spaghetti. It averages 9 inches in length and may weigh 2 to 3 pounds. When cooked, the crisp, tender, spaghetti-like strands yield a mild lightly sweet and fresh taste. Keep in mind that the larger the vegetable, the thicker the strands and the more flavorful the taste.


What popular variety of tomatoes, whose name suggests meat, is commonly used in sandwich making?

  beefsteak. Beefsteak tomatoes usually weigh in at one pound or more. The flesh of this variety is generally red, but sometimes is pink. Due to their thin skin, beefsteak tomatoes do not have a long shelf life and are therefore not as commercially-produced as some other varieties.

[size=150]AN ONION[/size]

What herb should you eat to get rid of onion breath?

  [b]Parsley[/b]. To get rid of "onion breath" - eat a sprig or two of vinegar or salt-dipped parsley. You can also chew on fennel seeds or coffee beans.

[size=150]GOING BANANAS[/size]

When do bananas taste best?

  When allowed to ripen off the plant and then eaten. Bananas are unusual in that they taste best when allowed to ripen off the plant. Bananas are picked when they are still a hard green, and generally are shipped to stores when the are light green with 25-50% yellow. Most people prefer to eat their bananas when they are yellow with green tips or fully yellow. Much later, and they're still good for banana bread and shakes, but generally too ripe for individual consumption.

[size=150]OH SO SLIMY VEGGIE “OKRA”[/size]

Some folks are turned off by the texture of the cooked pods - they’re slimy! Why?

They're overcooked.. Okra is a fairly delicate vegetable, and doesn't need heavy duty cooking. They can be eaten raw, or lightly steamed or boiled. If the pods start breaking down, releasing the slime, it's time to take them off the heat.


Peeling individual cloves can be time consuming when busy cooking. The best way to solve this problem and still have the real flavor is:

  Peel one or two heads of garlic, put the cloves in a jar in the fridge. Taking 10 minutes and peeling all the cloves in a head or two of garlic is a huge time saver. Once you put it in a jar with a lid, it will keep for quite a while and won't sprout. Just take out as many as you need for a recipe. Restaurants buy huge gallon jugs of peeled cloves.


In what country are the leaves of the chickpea plant eaten as a vegetable?

  India. India grows the most chickpeas in the world. As such, the humble pea features prominently in Indian cuisine. Peas are ground up to make flour, eaten in salads and stews and fried as falafel. Seeds are eaten raw as a snack.


The potato is not for just eating. What are they are also used for?

  all of these (growing more potatoes, alcoholic beverages, folk remedies). Most potatoes are grown by placing another potato in the ground this is called the "Seed Potato". Each seed potato can produce up to twenty tubers. Folk remedies: Acne- wash face daily in cooled potato juice. Tooth Aches-put a potato in your pocket. Vodka, aquavit and poteen are some alcoholic beverages made from the potato.


Carrots weren’t always orange. What colour were they originally?

  Purple. Carrots now come in many different colours. Keep your eyes open for red, black, yellow, pink and white carrots. The leaves of carrot plants are also edible, and so are those of the beet plant.


How long does the asparagus plant take to mature properly?

  About 3 years. Asparagus is one of the most nutritious vegetables available. It contains a large amount of folic acid which can not be stored in the body so it has to be consumed daily.

[size=150]“HOT HOT HOT”[/size]

What should you avoid drinking if you are trying to ‘cool down’ after eating chillies?

  Alcohol. The part of the chilli that contains the 'heat' is not the flesh or the seeds, it is the white membrane that connects the seeds to the flesh. When you deseed a chilli, make sure you remove all of the white membrane as well as the seeds.


The guava also has an evil ‘twin’, the censored due to first question cattleianum, what is the English name of this evil twin?

 (strawberry guava, purple guava, pineapple guava). Why is it evil? its fruits are sweet, but: 1. it produces toxic chemicals in its leaves that prevent the growth of other plants 2. It casts a shade with thick mats of surface feeder roots that makes life difficult for other plants talk about competition exterminating fruit eh

Which vegetable has three times as much vitamin C as an orange and twice as much iron as spinach?

The answer is……………………. peppers! You can incorporate more peppers in your diet by dicing and adding to an omelet or frittata or putting them on the grill for a nice char then drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

Which vegetable did the ancient Greeks hold sacred, using it to not only to adorn victors of athletic contests, but also for decorating the tombs of the deceased?

The answer is………………… parsley! Parsley is more than just throwaway garnish. Chew on it for a fresher breath. Finely chopped parsley added to cous cous or rice pilaf adds color and texture.

Which vegetable comes in white, yellow, orange, green, and purple varieties?

The answer is…………………………. cauliflower! Try raw cauliflower, carrots, and tomatoes with a lowfat blue cheese dip for a healthy snack. You can steam or microwave cauliflower until soft and then mash. Add some chicken broth, vegetable broth, or low fat milk along with a dab of butter and some sea salt for mock mashed potatoes. Some people never miss the potatoes.

Which fruit is a member of the rose family?

The answer is…………………………pear! Who knew? Fresh pears with brie or Stilton cheese or white cheddar make a great snack. Add a bottle of chardonnay or champagne and some whole grain crackers for an elegant instant picnic under a shady tree.


Tangerines are a delicious citrus that adults and children alike enjoy. They are sweet in flavor and easy to peel. However there are several different cross overs in the tangerine family. What exactly is a tangelo?

  A cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit. While there are several different varieties of tangerines, the most popular version is the tangelo. Tangelos are a cross between a grapefruit and a tangerine. Noted for their juiciness and mild sweet flavor, they make excellent after-school snacks for children and for anyone that has a busy schedule. Minneolas and Orlandos are the most popular in the tangelo family. Here is a cool summer treat for tangelos: Buy a three pound bag of tangelos, peel, section into quarters and remove the seeds. Place a small, thin wooden stick (like that found in ice cream bars) and place in the freezer until frozen. Take one out and enjoy a tangelo frozen fruit snack.

[size=150]Wrinkles and bruises[/size]

When checking citrus in supermarkets and stores, you have to check for fruit that feels heavy for its category (such as, lemons, oranges, grapefruits and tangerines)?

  True. When looking for any type of citrus, you have to check for fruits that are heavy for their size and category. You have to look for skins that are bright and colorful. It is best to avoid purchasing fruits that have bruises or have what is considered wrinkled skin, as this may be a sign that the fruit has been sitting at your grocer's for quite sometime.


Which part of the mango tree is toxic to animals?

  Leaves. Mango leaves are considered toxic and can kill cattle or other grazing livestock. But Hindus have great faith on the leaves. They adorn their doorways with mango leaves durng festivities as it is considered healthy and auspicious.