Farmer’s Pick has an incredible assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables. Walk the aisles of our store and you will be amazed at the variety of fresh, crisp, juicy, delicious produce we have to offer.

As a special mid-August promotion, we have four special, online-only offers on fresh local field tomatoes, romaine lettuce, red sweet peppers, and delectable figs. Food lovers can’t get enough of our special offers, which got us thinking: how well do you know your food trivia?

Here are 15 Food Facts from Farmer’s Pick about the four products we’re offering for amazingly low prices:  tomatoes, figs, lettuce, and peppers:

  1. Figs are actually flowers. (Source)
  2. There are over 10,000 varieties of tomato. (Source)
  3. Peppers are actually fruits because they are produced from a flowering plant and produce seeds. (Source)
  4. Peppers were named by Spanish explorers searching for peppercorn plants to produce black pepper. (Source)
  5. Red bell peppers are simply green bell peppers that have been left on the vine to continue to ripen. BONUS FACT: Red bell peppers are sweeter than green ones because bell peppers sweeten as they ripen. (Source)
  6. Similar to peppers, tomatoes are actually fruit because they have seeds. This means cucumbers, squash, and green beans are also fruit. (Source)
  7. Lettuce, including romaine, is a good source of Vitamin C, calcium, and iron. The only exception is iceberg lettuce. (Source)
  8. Figs have existed for more than 80 million years. (Source)
  9. It’s believed tomatoes originated in South America. (Source)
  10. The first tomatoes to be cultivated earned the name “golden apples” because they were yellow and the size of a cherry. (Source)
  11. The official scientific name of a pepper is “Capiscum”. (Source)
  12. There are upwards of 50,000 capiscum cultivars grown worldwide. (Source)
  13. Figs were so highly regarded in ancient Greece that laws were created forbidding the export of their best quality figs. (Source)
  14. Of all the different types of fruit, figs are the sweetest; they have a 55% sugar content. (Source)
  15. Lettuce was first cultivated in Egypt. (Source)

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