5 fun facts about Onion, Tomato, Potato (OTP) you should know
Onions, tomatoes, and potatoes are some of the most commonly used vegetables in India. Their presence is of paramount importance in all our favorite vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes which only shows their versatility.
They are widely available in all grocery stores (online or offline) and they are generally reasonably priced. Let’s take a look at some of the lesser-known and fun facts about Onion, Tomato, and Potato.
5 fun facts about Onion, Tomato, Potato:
Onion Fact (O) -
Onions were first discovered in the Bronze Age! The oldest known onion harvest dates back to around 5,000 BC, which is almost more than 7,000 years ago!
The Guinness Book of World Records lists the largest onion ever grown as a whopping 4.9-kilogram onion!
The onion was worshiped by ancient Egyptians. They believed that its concentric rings and spherical shape symbolize eternity. They used to cover the tombs of their rulers with onion pictures and onions played a key role in burial rituals.
They believed that onions can help the dead succeed in the afterlife. Basically, always carry an onion in your pocket because you never know when it’s time.
The thickness of an onion skin was thought to help predict the severity of the upcoming winter, according to an old English Rhyme. Thin skins mean a mild winter is coming while thick skins indicate a rough winter.
The sulphuric compounds in onions cause us to cry when we chop them. To cut down on the crying, chill the onion and cut into the root end of the onion last.
Tomato Fact (T) -
Do you think of tomatoes as quintessentially Italian? They originated in the South American Andes of Peru. They were first used by the Aztecs in Southern Mexico as food.
According to the Guinness World Record (as of 2019), the heaviest tomato weighed 4.3 kilograms and was grown in New York.
The biggest tomato fight in the world happens each year in the small Spanish town of Buñol, which was made popular in India thanks to the film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011). The festival, called La Tomatina, involves 40,000 people throwing 150,000 tomatoes at each other.
The first tomatoes in Europe may originally have been yellow and they were called ‘pomo d’oro, which means ‘golden apple’.
There are around 10,000 varieties of tomatoes worldwide.
Potato Fact (P) -
The potato originated in the region of southern Peru where it was first domesticated between 3000 BC and 2000 BC.
The world’s largest potato weighed in at 18 pounds, 4 ounces according to the Guinness Book of World Records. That’s enough for 73 portions of medium fries at Mcdonald’s, that’s a lot of fries if I may say so.
In 1995, potato plants were taken into space with the space shuttle Columbia. This makes potatoes the first-ever food ever grown in space.
China is the world’s largest producer of potatoes.
Potatoes are also used to brew alcoholic beverages such as vodka, potcheen, or akvavit. So acknowledge them, the next time you order a round of vodka shots or use this fact for small talk in bars.
Now, do you feel like you know more about the most common vegetables i.e onions, tomatoes, and potatoes? So go get yourself some of these goodies and other such veggies from your nearest OTPxpress store.