1. Strawberries and blackberries aren’t berries…
…but bananas are!
Botanically, berries are defined as fleshy fruits produced from a single ovary. Blackberries (and raspberries!) develop from multiple ovaries, making them…well, not berries. Strawberries are technically accessory fruits–the juicy parts develop from non-ovarian tissue. It’s a cruel, cruel world.
2. American eggs are illegal in Europe.
By US federal law, eggs have to be sanitized before they hit supermarket shelves. But the exact opposite is true under European Union regulations, which mandate that eggs can’t be washed at all. Whoa.
3. Coconut water was sometimes used instead of medical saline during World War II.
The electrolyte-heavy liquid was injected right into the bloodstream of British and Japanese soldiers. Coconut water IV drip, anyone?
4. The bananas you buy now are completely different from ones sold sixty years ago.
The Gros Michel, or “Big Mike,” banana was almost wiped out by a fungus in the 1950s. The bananas we find for sale today are of the Cavendish variety. Sadly, the Gros Michel was supposed to taste better. Tragedy? You bet.
5. That wasabi by your sushi is really just colored horseradish.
6. Cucumbers have more water than watermelons do.
This crunchy vegetable has about 96% water (proportional to its weight). Watermelons clock in at just 92%!
7. Lobster used to be considered a slave food.
Native Americans and North American colonists used lobsters to bait fishhooks and fertilize their crops. In fact, lobster was considered such an unsightly and low-class food that it was “routinely fed to prisoners, apprentices, slaves and children.”