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An Interesting Vegetable Challenge for You

Get to know about vegetables in a fun way!
Sreedevi Nair Jul 21, 2021
"Eat your vegetables!"
How many times have we heard our parents say these exact words, urging us to get our daily dosage of nutrition? But did you know there are more than 1000 different types of vegetables in the world!

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How well-informed are you about them?
Let's put your knowledge of vegetables to test with this quiz!
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Originally from China, Napa is a type of cabbage commonly used in Chinese soups, stir-fries, slaws,  noodles and dumplings. The mild flavor of Napa cabbage lends a crisp texture to Asian dishes.
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Spinach, at 1 net carb per 100 grams, is the lowest carb vegetable. A cup of cooked spinach is more nutritious as it has 7 grams carbohydrates with 4 grams fiber. A cup of raw spinach has about 1 gram of carbs with 1 gram of fiber.
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In 1995, NASA and University of Wisconsin-Madison developed scientifically modified 'seed potatoes,' launched into space on the space shuttle Columbia. It was the first vegetable to be grown in space under special circumstances.
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In comparison to other methods, steaming preserves most of the nutrients in vegetables. In other methods, the vegetables are exposed to oil or water which degrades their nutritional value.
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In addition to usual white head and dark green leaves, cauliflower comes in purple, yellow, orange, and green. These cauliflowers are hybrids and cultivars - products of cross-breeding and genetic alterations.
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Okra is an edible green seed pod commonly grown in South Asia, Ethiopia, and West Africa. Because of its long, slender, and tapering shape, it is commonly referred to as ‘Lady's Finger’.
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The eggplant, known as aubergine and brinjal, is a purple, fleshy vegetable rich in vitamins, antioxidants, fibre. It is used in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Indian cuisine. The Baba ganoush dip is fusion of smoked eggplant, tahini, olive oil, and lemon juice.
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Oxalates in rhubarb, if consumed in large quantities, can be harmful. Its leaves, however, contain most of the oxalate, so it is cut off and only  stalks are used to give cuisines crunchy texture and tangy flavor.
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The paddle shaped leaves of an Opuntia cactus are called Nopales. It is cleaned,  spines and thorns are removed, then sliced to cook. It is used extensively in Mexican cuisine.
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A red bell pepper has 11 times more beta-carotene and 1.5 times more vitamin C than a green bell pepper.

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