Fruit and Vegetable
Test Your Fruit and Veggie IQ!
By Joe Wilkes
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True or False?
- FALSE: Apples are the most
popular fruit in America. Bananas have apples beat hands down.
Americans consume about 33 pounds of bananas a year per person. Which is not a
bad thing, as they contain high amounts of vitamin C, fiber, and
- TRUE: The artichoke is a member
of the sunflower family. Artichokes and sunflowers are both members of
the thistle family. The artichoke is native to the Mediterranean and Canary
Islands. Its Latin name, Cynara scolymus, comes from a legend of a
young girl, Cynara, discovered by the god Zeus, who in typical fashion, seduced
her; moved her into a Mt. Olympus-adjacent home (for easy cheating access when
his wife was out of town); and when, homesick, she snuck back to Earth, turned
her into what we now call an artichoke in a fit of rage. Zeus could be a real
- FALSE: Ladyfingers
are another name for Jerusalem artichokes. Actually, they are a slang
term for the humble okra. A staple in African cuisine, they are rarely eaten in
America except in Cajun and Creole cuisine. It is the okra that gives gumbo its
unique gelatinous texture. They are high in fiber and have lots of vitamins.
- TRUE: In ancient Greece, if a
man threw an apple at a woman, it meant he wanted to marry her. Today,
the prospective groom would just be booked for assault. But back in the day,
you could throw assorted produce at a woman and it meant all kinds of good
things. In other apple history, the ancient unmarried Celts started the
practice of bobbing for apples. The superstition was that whoever got the first
apple would be the next to be married.
- FALSE: Mel Blanc, the voice of
Bugs Bunny was allergic to carrots. An urban myth has long circulated
that he was allergic, but in fact he just didn't like them. He tried eating
other vegetables like celery, when voicing the cartoon hare, but nothing had
that distinctive carrot-y crunch. So he would eat the carrot, say Bugs' line,
then spit the carrot in the garbage while they stopped tape.