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.


Tomatoes are easy to grow in your backyard garden -- maybe a little too easy. When the season's over, and you're stuck with more tomatoes than you know what to do with, it's a shame to throw them out. Now, you don't have to.

Tomatoes are a staple vegetable found in countless recipes. If you want the freshest tomatoes for your fare, you can grow your own and can the leftovers before they go bad. We'll give you five tips to help you can your bounty.

Few things add flourish to a dish like a gorgeous garnish. And, thanks to the tomato's versatility, there are plenty of ways to make it the co-star of any plated affair.

There are many types of apple varieties that work well in different dishes. Check out these pictures and find out which apple you should be using in your apple pie, apple cider and all sorts of delicious apple recipes.

Combining ingredients like eggs, Worcestershire sauce and maybe even anchovies seems like a dangerous tack to take when making a salad, but it's boldness that makes culinary history. Who invented the romaine-based delight that is a Caesar salad?

With dietary guidelines urging you to eat more vegetables, you may be searching for culinary inspiration. We'll serve up some gorgeous fresh produce in this gallery along with a few serving tips. Grab a fork and dig in!

Fruit doesn't just taste and smell delicious, it also provides important minerals and vitamins in our diet. From breakfast fruits to more exotic offerings, this gallery is a mouthwatering display of ripe, juicy fruits.

Tomatoes are one of the most vital and versatile vegetables (OK, fruits) to have around, but they can also be hard to check for quality. How can we know whether the tomato we're buying is going to be a juicy treat or a flavorless disappointment?

Sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest foods you can add to your diet. But, like anything, they can get boring if they're prepared the same way every time you eat them. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to spice them up.

How does a food associated with cannibalism and believed to be toxic become known as the love apple? Whether you say "tomato" or "tomahto," we have the answer.

When times are tough, dining out is often one of the first sacrifices we'll make for our personal budget, opting to eat meals at home instead. But when food rots before we can eat it, we're not helping our budgetary bottom line.

Tomatoes are wonderfully versatile when it comes to preparation. They can be stewed, stuffed, baked, broiled, pureed, pickled, deviled, glazed, grilled and fried. But how do you match the tomato to the meal?

Tomatoes are a versatile fruit that can be consumed raw, turned into various sauces and even drinks. Learn some new and creative ways to use this delicious annual fruit.

There are countless varieties of heirloom tomatoes. They come in all colors, shapes and sizes. Check out these pictures of heirloom tomatoes.

Autumn is a beautiful time of year when a crisp coolness fills the air. So bundle up and visit a pumpkin patch or get lost in a corn maze. It's time to enjoy all that mother nature has to offer.

An apple a day will keep the doctor away! Did you know that approximately 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States? Apples are a delicious fruit that is available year-round and they are full of vitamins and nutrients.

If you love history, mystery and happy endings, you'll enjoy learning about autumn apples. One of the earliest cultivated fruits, the apple has come a long way from its crabapple-like ancestors. Most apples have long and respected pedigrees.

Steamy summer days and yellow ears of grilled corn are behind us. The produce aisle is stocked with red and blue Indian corn. Can you actually eat it? What's the story behind this strange starch?

Rich in vitamin C and low in fat, cranberries have been used for centuries in everything from medicine to a dye for clothes and fabrics. But what are some of the myths surrounding this popular fruit? And what can you do with it today?

Learning about recipe ingredient substitutions is a great way to become versatile in the kitchen. Learn about various recipe ingredient substitution dilemmas such as canned vs. fresh jalepenos, honey vs. sugar, and sherbet vs. sorbet.

From Mom's apple pie to a healthy afternoon snack, this scrumptious fruit has long been a part of our culture. Learn all about the various baking apples from Granny Smith to McIntosh.

The kumquat is a member of the citrus family resembling a tiny orange. It can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. They can be candied, pickled and made into chutney, jellies and jams. Come learn more about these delicious little treasures.

Tomato paste is a thick, rich concentrate used widely in Italian dishes. Read this article to learn more about the differences between tomato paste, tomato puree and tomato sauce.

Pineapples should smell aromatic and sweet in the supermarket. Read more tips in this article about how to pick a good pineapple.

Learn how to bake a potato, how to pick and store vegetables, and how to make Japanese-style vegetables at home in this this vegetable article. Come find out some more helpful culinary tips.