Fruit Facts to Share at Your Next Dinner Party

Apples and bananas
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Most of us include fruit somewhere in our diet, be it a berry smoothie, lemon in our pasta, or grabbing an apple when we’re on the run. Fruits feature in so many different recipes, from sweet to savory, but did you know these unusual facts about the common food group?

An Apple a Day

Apples hold significance in many religions and cultures, but do you know how many kinds of apples there actually are? A whopping 7,500! That means that even if you ate a new one every day, it would still take over 20 years to try them all.

To-may-to, To-mah-to

There is a saying that goes, “knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.” Although a tomato is botanically a berry due to it being a fleshy fruit with seeds on the inside that developed from a flower with one ovary, the US Supreme Court ruled it a vegetable in 1893.

A Rose by Any Other Name

Most fruits, as we know them, are actually part of other botanical families. Bananas and watermelons, for example, are technically berries, while plums, peaches, and pears are actually members of the rose family.