the world of fruit encyclopedia

Carrot – Carol Brady pretty much sums up our feelings when in the 1995 remake of The Brady Bunch she exclaims: “I know where I’d like to put that carrot, Mr. Brady”. We love carrots.

Who knew…?

  • The carrot is a member of the parsley family including species such as celery, parsnip, fennel, dill and coriander.
  • There is a carrot pie flavour jelly bean!
  • Jeff Chiplis, from Cleveland has a collection of over 10,000 carrot items.
  • The Anglo-Saxons included carrots as an ingredient in a medicinal drink against the devil and insanity.
  • The Spanish word for carrot is zanahoria, which also means nerd.
  • Rent a Carrot Suit here.
  • The biggest carrot on the web? Here
  • You thought you had seen it all – well what about this A Carrot Soap Box made for a Soap Box Derby in Vancouver, Canada.

Why it’s good for you…

Carrots have the highest content of beta carotene (vitamin A) of all vegetables.

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CELERY. Apparently, Ancient Greeks once believed that the person who does not like celery also does not enjoy living. That makes sense…we enjoy celery, and we love life!

Who knew…?

  • The Romans felt that wearing crowns of celery helped to ward off headaches after hard nights of partying.
  • The Romans also considered celery an aphrodisiac. Today, scientists know that celery contains androsterone, a pheromone released by men’s sweat glands that attracts females.
  • It takes just one ounce of celery seeds to produce an acre of celery.
  • It is said that celery has ‘negative calories’ because it takes more energy for the body to digest it than the food actually contains.
  • A Bloody Mary is not complete without a stalk of celery to stir it

Famous celery….

We hope you were not deprived in your childhood and have experienced “Ants on A Log” –  a slice of the celery smothered with peanut butter and a line of raisins as if they are marching ants.

Sorry that’s all we could find.

Why it’s good for you…

  • Although there are hardly any calories in this veg, it actually has great nutritional value!
  • Celery is an excellent source of potassium and also contains vitamin C, folic acid and vitamin B6.
  • Celery has always been associated with lowering of blood pressure.
  • It is also suggested that celery might effective in combating cancer.
  • And it also helps the kidney and acts an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

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cOCONUT. the Early Spanish explorers actually called it coco, which means “monkey face”. See the three indentations (eyes) on the nut? it looks like the head and face of a monkey.

Who knew…

  • A coconut is the largest known seed in the world.
    Once a coconut falls from a palm tree, it takes about three years for this seed to take root and sprout into a new tree.
  • Falling coconuts kill 150 people every year which is 10 times the number of people killed by sharks. Our point – no siestas under coconut trees!
  • More than 20 billion coconuts are harvested each year.
  • Coconut oil used to be the number one oil choice until soybean oil overtook it in the 60’s. Apart from being good for the skin and hair of a person, coconut oil is also used as an ailment for many health conditions. Pacific Islanders actually consider it to be the cure for all illness and therefore call the coconut tree the “The Tree of Life.”

Famous Coconuts…

The bouncy Coconut song in The Lion King. You know the one… “i’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts, there they are standing in a row (bom bom bom), big ones small ones some as big as your head”

Why it’s good for you…

  • Coconuts add flavour, variety and best of all healthy nutrients to your diet.
  • Coconuts actually have more potassium than bananas!
  • Coconuts are rich in lauric acid, which is known for being antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal, and boosts the immune system.
  • Coconut milk is rich in calcium, Omega 3 fats, fiber and protein.

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