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Fruits and Vegetable Facts

Fruits & Vegetables are the most often overlooked portion of our daily food intake. Learn how fruits and vegetables work and how to eat more of them everyday.

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Lychee Is an Underrated — but Seriously Sweet — Fruit

You might have seen lychees at an international farmers market and not known they were lychees. The dark red tropical fruit looks a little like raspberries and are packed with potassium — and sugar.

Shallots Are Onions' Cute Little Cousins

Shallots belong to the same family as onions, leeks, scallions and garlic. They look like small, elongated onions but have a sweeter, milder flavor.

Tiny Capers Pack a Big, Flavorful Punch

Capers are actually the flower buds of the caper bush. So where does all that flavor come from?

Heart of Palm Is Totally Delicious, Underrated and Much Better Fresh

Heart of palm, with a similar taste and texture to artichoke heart, is a staple in Central and South America and a healthy addition to almost any menu.

Everything Really Does Taste Like Chicken, Including This Mushroom

The Chicken of the Woods mushroom is jam-packed with protein and easy to spot with its bright orange color and ruffled edges.

Could Breadfruit Be the Next Superfood?

This starchy, staple fruit that grows in the tropics has the potential to provide food security to millions. So what exactly is it and who's eating it?

Prunes: They're Not Just For Pooping

Sure, eating prunes can help you have regular bowel movements, but these sweet dried plums can also help you build — and maintain — strong bones.

Ube Is the Totally Instagrammable Tuber That's Also Good For You

Ube is a sweet species of yam that stands out because of its vivid purple color and sweet, creamy taste.

The Once-banned Gooseberry Has Made a Comeback in the U.S.

The U.S. banned the gooseberry back in the early 1900s because it was a host for white pine blister rust disease. But now few states prohibit the tart berry, so eat up!

When Bad Watermelons Explode on Good People

Yes – it could happen to you, good person. KABOOM! It's fairly rare, but a potentially catastrophic rind failure lurks under the green-striped shell of every seemingly innocent watermelon in the produce aisle.

Why You'll Go Bananas for Mangosteens

Sometimes referred as the 'queen of fruit,' the mangosteen has a soft white interior, a mild taste and is notoriously difficult to find in the U.S. Here's why.

Brace Yourself: Bananas Are Berries, Strawberries Aren't

If bananas are berries and strawberries and raspberries are not, what in the world is a berry anyway?

Jackfruit Is a Stinky, but Otherwise, Perfect Fruit

Its smell is notorious. But get past that and the jackfruit is versatile, easy to grow and packs a nutritional punch that's hard to beat.

Is Guava the Superfood You're Not Eating?

This tropical fruit, grown all over the tropics, has lots of health benefits. Even its leaves get in on the act.

Blue Java: The Banana That Tastes Like Ice Cream

This banana has soft, sweet flesh and tastes a lot like vanilla custard or ice cream. One scoop or two?

Melon Rinds, Carrot Tops and Other Produce 'Waste' You'll Enjoy Eating

We throw out tons of perfectly good parts of vegetables and fruits often because we don't know what to do with them. But there's a lot of treasure in the trash.

Who's Eating These Hot-as-Hellfire Peppers?

It's not just people with an affinity for hot sauce. The real answer will probably surprise you.

So That's Where Baby Veggies Come From!

Little tiny vegetables seem to pop up everywhere these days, but where do they come from?

Calling a Watermelon 'Seedless' Is Kind of False Advertising

Don't let 'seedless' watermelons fool you — even though they may not prompt constant spitting, they really do have seeds.

Why aren't peanuts classified as nuts?

If peanuts are technically not nuts, what are they?

Foodstuff: The Sexiest Vegetable

Kale is a descendant of ancient cabbage. Learn more about kale in this humorous video from HowStuffWorks.

Why does kale make you gassy?

Kale has become the little black dress of the culinary world: chic, understated and perfect for nearly every occasion. But it comes with a not-so-elegant side effect. We'll — ahem — get to the bottom of why kale makes you so gassy.

What's the difference between a fruit and a vegetable?

Discerning between a fruit and a vegetable may seem simple: Fruits have seeds and vegetables don't. This works great if you're a botanist, but not so well if you're not. We'll finally tell you which category tomatoes fall into (or maybe we won't).

Why do some fruits have starch?

If you can't get enough of starchy foods, you don't need to limit yourself to potatoes and squash. Fruits have starch, too! We'll tell you why, and also reveal the starchiest fruit of them all.

Are we in a bananapocalypse?

If bananas are your favorite fruit, you may soon pick up a bunch that just seems ... different somehow. The culprit: a fungus that's killing the Cavendish.

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