Fun facts about food you probably didn’t know

As sweet as nectar

Did you know that the word ‘nectarine’ means sweet like nectar and this is most likely the origin of the name. Studies have suggested that nectarines, like peaches originated in China over 2,000 years ago and were introduced to England in the late 16th or early 17th centuries. 

Nutritionally, nectarines are a high source of Vitamins C and A and are abundant in antioxidants. They aid in weight loss and help regulate blood pressure levels. They also help improve immunity and heart health.

Raspberries are a member of the rose family

As are cherries, apricots, plums, pears, apples, quinces, peaches, strawberries, and blackberries. These types of fruits typically have flowers with five equal petals arranged around a central core. Unlike many other fruits, once picked, unripe raspberries do not ripen. 

Broccoli contains more protein than steak

Former President George W Bush may have once famously proclaimed: “I’m president of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli,” but don’t listen to him! Besides the usual nutrition one gets from eating their greens, broccoli has a great deal of protein. Calorie for calorie, there is more protein in broccoli than steak. And it doesn’t come with all those saturated and trans fats or cholesterol, so you can get all the protein you need with a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease. 

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Apples give you more energy than coffee

The coffee snobs may not don’t want to believe it, but it’s true. If you’re ever a little low on energy during the afternoon, then consider munching into an apple instead buying a cup of coffee. Thanks to its high carbohydrate, vitamin and mineral content, apples are the perfect (and healthy) option to help you stay energized all day.

The world’s most hated vegetable is one of the best for you

Brussels sprouts may be the most hated vegetable, but it’s among the most nutritious veggies out there. It’s packed full of vitamins and minerals, has virtually no calories, no fat, no cholesterol, and it fills you up!

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Pecans are rich with antioxidants

We don’t know anyone who eat pecans on a regular basis, but they are one of the most antioxidant rich nuts out there. Eat up!

Pistachios are actually fruits

Another unbelievable-but-true fact! They are actually the seeds of a fruit (the outer fruit is removed during processing). Like other ‘nuts’, pistachios are a rich source of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, which can help with weight management, protect against diabetes and hypertension and improve digestion. The omega-3 fatty acids present in pistachios can help lower your blood pressure and may also reduce your risk of heart disease.

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Caesar salad originated from a Mexican city

Bet you didn’t know this. We sure didn’t! The Caesar salad started in a Mexican city called Tijuana. Restaurateur Chef Caesar Cardini was hosting a 4th of July celebration. He ran out of food, and simply threw the ingredients he had lying around the kitchen into a unique salad. Obviously, it was a huge success.

Another fact we bet you didn’t know, but the Caesar dressing is actually supposed to be a vinaigrette. It is made by combining minced garlic and anchovies into a bowl, which is than mixed with raw egg. Olive oil is progressively added to the mixture and the remaining ingredients (lime juice, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard) are added in. The resulting hue of the dressing should be yellow, not the fake white version you commonly find in supermarkets.

Avocados are fruit

Avocados are classified as a berry with a large seed. Avocados must be picked when matured in order to ripen, which can take between 1-2 weeks. In Spain and Mexico, avocados are called “alligator pears” due to their shape and bumpy, green skin, while in India and China, they are referred to as “butter pears”.


We’re not talking about the unsolicited emails you get, but that mysterious meat in a can. Ever wondered what it means? It’s short for ‘Spiced Ham’

The many uses of cucumbers

If your bathroom mirrors fog up all the time after a hot shower, rub a cucumber slice along the mirror. It will eliminate the mist and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance. If you’ve written something in pen and made a mistake, the outside waxy coating of the cucumber can also be used to erase pen writing!

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