Apple

Golden Delicious or Granny Smith. All are nice and sweet – just like Ten Random Facts you see.

  • An apple is a pomaceous fruit and grows on a deciduous tree.
  • The apple tree originated from Asia.
  • There are more than 7,500 different cultivars of apple.
  • 69 million tonnes of apples were grown worldwide, in 2010. China produced just under half of this amount.
  • The seeds of an apple are a little poisonous.

Red Apple, Pink Lady Apple, Ten Random Facts

  • China produces most of the world’s apples, followed by the United States, Turkey, Italy and India.
  • The flowers of an apple tree are normally white with a pinkish tinge.
  • A test on the Golden Delicious apple in 2010 showed that apples have 57,000 genes.
  • If you are allergic to birch pollen you are allergic to apples.
  • 149 grams of apple contain approximately 77 calories.
Bibliography:
Apple 27 October 2012, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple>

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Carrot

If you eat carrots and read facts you can see in the dark! Well maybe not the facts part.

  • Carrots contain carotene, or vitamin A, which helps you see in the dark.
  • Carrots are normally orange but certain varieties can be purple, red, white or yellow.
  • A fully grown carrot stem is normally 1 meter (3 foot) tall.
  • A mature carrot plant has a white flower.
  • The green leaves of a carrot are edible.

Five Orange Carrots, Ten Random Facts

  • The body only absorbs 3% carotene from a raw carrot while the body absorbs 42% carotene from cooked carrots.
  • To much carrot can make your skin orange because of the carotene.
  • Once planted, a carrot is ready for harvest after 4 months, and then they can be stored in a cool place for many months without becoming rotten.
  • Holtville, in California, has an annual carrot festival held in late January or early February that lasts ten days.
  • China was the largest producer of carrots by 2010 and is followed by the United States, Russia, Uzbekistan and Poland.
Bibliography:
Carrot 5 October 2012, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrot>
Stanton, R 1988, Food Fun Book, Ellsyd Press, Chippendale

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Rice

Rice, is one of the many grains we eat. Rice comes from pure paddies like these pure ten facts.

  • There are more than 113, 000 known varieties of rice in the world.
  • Mature rice paddy plants can be 1-6 meters in height.
  • Rice is eaten daily by approximately half the world.
  • In 2010, rice was the second most popular world-wide product grown.
  • Rice is grown in approximately 100 countries.

 Brown Rice, Short Grain White Rice, Long Grain White Rice, White Rice, Rice, Ten Random Facts

  • Fifty kilograms of rice seeds will grow 2,000 kilograms of rice paddy while 400 million tons of paddy makes 260 tons of milled rice.
  • Insects, rats, viruses, heat, large downpours, birds, snails and wild buffaloes can destroy rice paddies.
  • The rice grains turn a golden yellow when it is time for harvest.
  • By 2009, the whole world was consuming 531, 639 thousand metric tons of paddy, which is equal to 354, 603 thousand metric tons of milled rice.
  •  One average person in Bangladesh eats about half a kilogram of rice daily.
Bibliography:
Hawkey, R 1980, Rice, Wayland Publishers Limited, England
Rice 13 October 2012, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rice>

Sugar

The very first ten random facts are about sugar!

  • Sugar helps to produce lots of energy and body heat.
  • Sugar straight from the cane contains carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.
  • Indians probably discovered sugar in 500 BC.
  • Sugar juice is in the upper part of the sugar cane.
  • Purified juice contains 7 parts of water for every 1 part of sugar (7:1).

sugar, food, ten random facts

  • Your body makes sugar into a type of glucose.
  • Many ingredients or body-made chemicals that end with the suffix -ose, like in glucose, fructose and lactose, normally indicate that the ingredient or chemical is a type of sugar.
  • The recommended daily intake of sugar a day is 10 teaspoons.
  • Unprocessed sugar is good for you but refined and processed can be bad for you.
  • 80% of the world’s sugar is produced from sugar cane while about 20% is produced from sugar beet.
Bibliography:
Leighton, D 1977, Sugar, Wayland Publishers Limited, United Kingdom
Likness, J 2012, Sugar and Artificial Sugar Facts, Every Diet, <http://www.everdiet.org/1001/sugar-and-artificial-sugar-facts>

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