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Interesting Facts about Fruits

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28 February, 2023

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Children from various parts of the world surely love to eat fruits due to their sweet taste and attractive colors. 

Fruits are a powerful source of health benefits for growing kids! So to keep you and your kids interested in consuming the world’s most eaten fruits, know more about these exciting facts about fruits!

So if you want to learn more on how to keep you and your kids interested in consuming the world’s most known and eaten fruits, follow us on this exciting journey and discover interesting facts about fruits!

Interesting Facts about Apple

  • Apple is the third most popular fruit in the world–after mangoes and bananas.
  • Apples are part of the rose family plant. This includes many fruit plants such as pears, almonds, apricots, cherries, plums, raspberries, peaches, and more.
  • Apple trees are primarily produced in five countries—the US, China, Turkey, Italy, and Poland. 
  • If you were to eat one apple a day, it would take over twenty years to try the over seven thousand varieties of apples grown worldwide.
  • Twenty-five percent of an apple’s volume is air which is why they float when you drop them in water.
  • Apples have zero fat, zero sodium, and zero cholesterol. They also only have eighty calories.
  • In the 1600s, apple was a generic term for any fruit that wasn’t a berry.
  • Apples have a prominent place in mythology. In the Bible, it is said that Eve ate an apple in the Garden of Eve. In Norse mythology, the goddess Eris uses a golden apple to start a ball rolling to the Trojan War. In Celtic symbolism, the apple blossom is considered a symbol of fertility. In Disney, however, the poison apple is what the wicked Queen gives Snow White to put her to sleep.

Photo by: Ulrike Leone 

Interesting Facts about Bananas

  • Bananas are one of the most distinct fruits of the berry family.
  • Since bananas are seventy-five percent water, they are denser than a body of water. Hence, they can float on water!
  • Portuguese sailors brought bananas from West Africa and introduced them to Americans in the 16th century. 
  • On average, each American consumes 27 pounds of bananas per year. 
  • Banana is the fourth most popular agricultural product in the world.
  • The first bananas were grown in Southeast Asia. According to archaeological evidence, the cultivation of bananas dates back as far as 8000 BC in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. 
  • Bananas can be used to make ketchup. When the United States of America introduced ketchup to the Philippines, Maria Orosa decided to make a similar product using local crops. Bananas were mixed with red dye to create banana ketchup.
  • Eating bananas can lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
  • The high potassium content in bananas helps regulate blood pressure and maintain healthy circulation by preventing fatal clotting and the narrowing of arteries.
  • You can ripen bananas overnight! If bananas are too green to eat, you can place them inside a paper bag with an apple or a tomato. This will cause the banana’s ripening process to speed up overnight.
  • Banana fruits are naturally radioactive. Due to a composition of potassium and potassium decay, bananas are radioactive. However, you would only die of radiation poisoning if you managed to eat 10 million bananas at once. 

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Interesting Facts about Oranges

  • Orange is the hybrid of pomelo and mandarin.
  • China is the place where the first orange trees were grown.
  • Christopher Columbus brought the orange to America in 1493.
  • The word orange comes from the Arabic word Naranj.
  • Brazil is the largest producer of oranges. 
  • There are more than 35 million orange trees in Spain. 
  • Almost 70 million tons of oranges are produced each year.
  • There are more than 600 varieties of oranges.
  • The fully-grown orange tree can reach up to 30 feet in height.
  • Oranges contain a good amount of Vitamin A and antioxidants 
  • Orange juice is the most popular juice in America. 

Photo by: Dominika Roseclay

Interesting Facts about Strawberries

  • Strawberry is a member of the rose family.
  • Strawberry was coined from the Old English words “steowberie” and “streawbelige”.
  • There are around 200 tiny seeds in every strawberry.
  • Strawberries mainly consist of water (91%) and carbohydrates (7.7%).
  • Unlike some other fruits, strawberries don’t continue to ripen after being picked.
  • There is a museum dedicated to strawberries in Wepion, Belgium.
  • Florida, USA ranks second in the production of Strawberry.
  • The heaviest strawberry weighed 250g and was grown by Koju Nakao (Japan).

Interesting Facts about Watermelons

  • The watermelon can be classed as both a fruit and a vegetable.
  • By weight, a watermelon contains about six percent sugar and ninety-two percent water.
  • Wild watermelons originated in Southern Africa.
  • China is the world’s largest producer of watermelons, with sixty-nine million tons produced in 2011 compared with just three million tons from the second highest producer, Turkey.
  • More than a thousand and two hundred watermelon varieties come in various weights, shapes, sizes, and colors.
  • As of 2013, the Guinness World Record for heaviest watermelon is for one grown by Lloyd Brights in Arkansas, USA. The watermelon weighed in at 121.93 kg.

Photo by: Jill Wellington

Interesting Facts about Mangoes

  • Mango is known as the king of fruits.
  • There are around four hundred varieties of mangoes.
  • Mango is the most frequently consumed fruit in the world.
  • Mangoes were first grown in India over five thousand years ago. It is also one of the oldest fruit known in India.
  • Mango is the national fruit of India, the Philippines, and Pakistan.
  • The heaviest mango weighed 7.57 lb. and was presented by Sergio and Maria Socorro Bodiongan from the Philippines.
  • India is the largest mango-producing country in the world, while China is the second largest producer.
  • Mangoes hold more than twenty diverse vitamins and minerals. 

Interesting Facts about Tomatoes

  • Tomatoes are the world’s most popular fruit.
  • China is the number one producer of tomatoes in the world.
  • Disney holds the record for the largest tomato plant in the world.
  • There are over ten thousand varieties of tomatoes worldwide.
  • The tomato has the most varieties of any fresh produce and comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors.
  • Tomatoes can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. 

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Frequently Asked Questions on Fruits

What is the most eaten fruit among kids?

The most eaten fruit among kids is apples! According to a study published in Pediatrics, apples are the go-to fruit among youth ages two to nineteen. Apples account for 18.9 percent of fruit intake among that age group.

Is fruit bad for kids because it contains sugar?

No, fruits are not bad for kids because they contain natural sugar and beneficial nutrients that could help children have healthy bodies!

What is the most popular fruit in the world?

Tomato is the most popular fruit in the world because it is a versatile fruit used in different cuisines, sauces, salads, soups, and even drinks! Tomatoes are also used as condiments and fast-food ingredients such as ketchup and salsa!

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