Here are 10 amazing and interesting facts about celery, beetroot, carrot, Chinese cabbage, and cucumber.
Even if you know a lot about fruits and vegetables, there can still be something able to surprise you. We hope that you’ll love fruits and vegetables just as much as we do, and so are always willing to learn something new about them. That’s why today we want to share 10 amazing facts and fables about cucumber, celery, beetroot, carrot and Chinese cabbage with you.
Cucumber is not only a delicious addition to various salads; actually, in ancient Rome, it was considered both a cure and a magic ingredient. Back then people often used it in medicine and religious ceremonies.
If you write something with a pen and make a mistake, you can use cucumber to fix it. Just take its outside part and use it to erase your pen writing.
At first, celery wasn’t even considered a food; people used it in medicine to treat various diseases such as anxiety, insomnia, toothache, rheumatism, hypertension, arthritis, and so on.
However, in the 16th century celery finally became a part of human daily diet; this first happened in Italy. Since then celery is widely used in European cuisine.
If you want to add a red hue to your hair, but don’t want to use a hair dye containing many nasty chemicals, use beetroot instead. Its juice can be effectively used for dyeing one’s hair. Moreover, in the past it was used for other types of dyeing too; for example, to dye clothes, etc.
However, that’s not the only way beetroots were used in the past. Ancient Greeks used its leaves to bind wounds. It is also known that people used a beetroot itself to freshen their mouths; it could remove even the smell of garlic.
There’s a joke that if you eat too many carrots, your skin will turn orange. Well, actually it isn’t a joke at all; sure, it won’t turn very bright orange, but still, it will have an amazing yellowish-orange hue.
Actually, the color of carrots comes from a pigment called beta-carotene. What is the most amazing is that it was first discovered in carrots themselves and so was called “carotene”.
As you can understand from its name, Chinese cabbage was discovered in China, but later became one of the most favourite vegetables among Koreans. Moreover, after the Russo-Japanese war, it became popular in Japan and then was spread all over the world.
There are two main types of Chinese cabbage: The Pekinensis group and the Chinensis group. The cabbages from the first one have a cylindrical shape with closely wrapped broad green leaves and a white stalk. The second one has dark green leaves and doesn’t wrap around at all. The Pekinensis group is mostly consumed in Japan, Korea, and Northern China, while the Chinensis group is mostly popular in Southeast Asia, Southern China and Northern Europe.
As you see, there are so many wonderful and interesting facts about fruits and vegetables we love. No wonder they remain so popular even now!