11 Unusual Facts About Fruit

1. Kiwi


The kiwi fruit didn’t originate from New Zealand or Australia. It was initially cultivated in China and was referred to as the Chinese gooseberry until 1959.

2. Atlantic Giant pumpkin

Atlantic Giant pumpkin

Jackfruit is often mistaken for the world’s largest fruit due to its massive size and formidable appearance, capable of causing harm when dropped from trees. Indeed, it holds the title of the largest tree fruit globally. However, the record for the largest fruit ever documented goes to an Atlantic Giant pumpkin, weighing over a ton. (Though, in my opinion, the classification of a pumpkin as a fruit is open to debate.)

3. Almonds

Perhaps almonds could be considered fruits! They belong to the prunus genus of trees and shrubs, which also encompasses peaches, plums, cherries, and apricots. (Almonds share the closest relation with peaches, which might explain why they complement each other so well in flavor.)

4. Grapefruit

If you’ve ever been cautioned about consuming grapefruit while on specific medications, it’s wise to heed the advice. Grapefruit has the ability to inhibit certain enzymes that play a role in medication metabolism. Consequently, this can lead to elevated levels of the medication in your bloodstream, potentially resulting in adverse side effect

5. Why does one rotten apple ruin the rest?

What causes one rotten apple to spoil the whole bunch? When apples (and certain other fruits) begin to decay, they emit a gas known as ethylene. This gas can spread to nearby fruits and initiate the degradation process.

6. Exploring Potassium-Rich Fruits Beyond Bananas

Although bananas are often praised for their potassium content, several other fruits actually contain higher levels of this essential nutrient. Watermelon, dried apricots, and avocados surpass bananas in potassium content.

7. Sumo oranges

Have you tasted Sumo oranges yet? If not, head over to a Whole Foods and indulge in these incredibly flavorful mandarin oranges! However, be prepared for the price tag; their higher cost is attributed to their lengthy four-year growth cycle and exclusive shipping from a single facility in California within the U.S.

8. Passionfruit

Passionfruit boasts the highest fiber content among all fruits, providing 98% of your daily value in just one cup.

9. Strawberries

Speaking of strawberries, did you know that they contain more vitamin C per ounce than oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes?

10. The Anatomy of Strawberries: A Closer Look at Achenes and Seeds

What we commonly perceive as seeds on the surface of strawberries are actually known as achenes, with the true seeds residing inside them.

11. The Tomato Debate: Is it a Fruit or a Vegetable?

My favorite curious fact about produce—or is it about a vegetable? In the 1893 legal case Nix vs. Hedden, the Supreme Court declared tomatoes to be vegetables, at least for taxation purposes. So, there you have it, a resolution for the age-old debate, should you ever require one.

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