Interesting facts about fruit and veg…Now that’s bananas!

Now for something quite interesting!

As fruit and veg suppliers in Cardiff, Peter Broughton are always interested to find out some unusual facts about the produce we supply. See some of the crazy facts we have found out about some of our favourite fruit and vegetables…

Bananas

Apparently all bananas we eat today are technically the same! Crazy, we know. It turns out they are all cloned from a single banana plant in southeast Asia. This follows the outbreak of Panama Disease in the 1950’s which all but wiped out an entire species of banana, called Gros Michel or ‘Big Mike’. Most bananas today are Cavendish bananas.

Broccoli

Did you know, aside from the usual benefits associated with generally eating veggies, there is more protein in broccoli than in steak?

Pineapple

Ever noticed how foods can taste nasty after you have eaten Pineapple? Well, as a fruit, pineapple is naturally good for you but beware, it contains an enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain breaks down the taste buds in your mouth. If you like fresh pineapple, it’s best to slice it and let it sit in the fridge overnight to allow the enzymes to break down. Tinned or cooked pineapple does not have this problem. Interestingly there is a similar effect with artichokes. They apparently make things taste sweeter after you have eaten them.

Apples

Apples have the perfect combination of vitamins, minerals and carbs to help keep you energized and alert all day, more than coffee in fact.

Grapefruit

Grapefruit is one of the most nutritious fruits for you but can be lethal if eaten when you are taking certain medications. Always check the labels on medication before eating or drinking grapefruit products.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a fruit as they have seeds, but in America they were legally classed as a vegetable! In the 1800’s the US Supreme Court ruled it a vegetable so they could apply a tax to them, as they did other veggies! Typical!

Onions

Onions are ridiculously healthy for you! Despite the fact they make your breath smell and your eyes water when you slice them, they have a huge variety of health benefits! One of these is the prevention of Asthma and some types of cancer.

In most cases the exterior of fruits and veggies is better for you than the internal fruit itself. So where possible, eat as much of the whole fruit as you can. Grate orange rinds and add to food… let’s face it, there is no way you can eat that straight!

So there you have it, not only fabulous fresh produce from Peter Broughton…interesting produce too!