We all know that vegetables are good for health and a number of them are our favorites. However, there are a few interesting facts about vegetables that we might 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 stains. We know that carrots are rich in Vitamin A. They can help us to see better in darkness and can prevent night blindness. It is much better to use frozen vegetables that are picked and packed on the same day. Fresh vegetables reach the super market long time after they’ve been picked. Hence, they may loose some crucial nutrients.
Most of us use bell peppers which are green in colour. However, they’re also available in red, purple or yellow colors. The important nutrients in potatoes reside under the skin layer, so it’s advisable to cook potatoes with skin. There are two common kinds of peas- snow peas and snap peas. Snap peas are permitted to grow nicely, so we can eat inside the peas either raw or cooked. Many people like to eat beets. However, the majority of them do not know the top green leaves of the beets are edible and they are the most nutritious part of beets.
Onions add taste and taste 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 in the onion. This contributes to create a sulfuric chemical called propanethiol S-oxide. It comes into contact with our eyes and causes an itching sensation. Our eyes release tears in response to this burning feeling. However, once we cook onions, the enzyme is inactivated by the heat, so our eyes do not release tears.
We can wear safety goggles when we cut the onion. This can prevent yelling. We are able to 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 while cutting onions. The air from fan pulls the gas and helps to prevent tears.