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Some Interesting Facts about ONIONS, TOMATOES & POTATOES | The History of OTP

Updated: Sep 9, 2021

There are so many myths around different vegetables in different cultures, such as their: origin, name, popularity, and so on.

In this article, you will get to know some interesting facts and also the history behind the three most common vegetables of India; Onions, Tomatoes & Potatoes (The O-T-P in short).

Interesting Facts about ONIONS, TOMATOES & POTATOES:


Interesting Facts about ONIONS, TOMATOES & POTATOES
Some Interesting Facts about ONIONS, TOMATOES & POTATOES | The History of OTP

Onions are considered to be among the first food products cultivated by humans. It has been bred for more than 5,000 years and there are questions as to whether it survives today as a wild plant. The precise position of the origin of the vegetable is not known and scholars have attributed the onion to an area extending from the northwest of India.

In the laws of Manu, Simoons writes, "onions and garlic emerge from unclean things, which means that if a person eats them, he would be considered an outcast." Fa Hsien's fellow countryman, Hieun Tsang, who visited India about two centuries later, almost mirrors his predecessor's observation of onions.

Some ancient medicinal texts, however, acknowledge the benefits of onions. The Charaka Samhita, compiled between 2nd BCE and 3rd Century AD — and possibly contains wisdom from an earlier era — extols the digestive properties of the onion. “The consumption of onion makes the man healthy, stout, and energetic, his voice turns melodious and his skin becomes lustrous,” it notes, quoting a saying from an earlier age.

The onions seem to have come into their own in upper-class cuisine during the Mughal age. The rice and meat dishes, kebabs and kormas that became the hallmark of the culinary culture of the court and the upper classes, were laced with onions. So did the Rajput cuisine of roast meats.


Tomato is a vegetable whose journey through history was not easy and was packed with various myths and roadblocks. Finally, in the last few decades, this South American plant has managed to grow all over the globe, being one of the best-known food additives and one of the most beloved vegetables (even though technically it’s classified as a fruit). Selective breeding managed to refine the tomato.

The precise history of the Tomato plant is not understood, but it is speculated that it originated from the ancient plant Nighshade over millions of years ago in South America (together with potato, tobacco, and chili peppers) and slowly migrated to the north until it was domesticated in the lands of Mesoamerica between Mexico and northern Costa Rica.

The modern era of commercially grown tomatoes began with the efforts of Alexander W. Livingston, an American botanist, and scientist who dedicated most of his life to upgrading tomatoes with selective breeding into the most widely recognized type we know today. His 1870s breed named Paragon became an instant sensation in North America, kick-starting the large tomato industry and acceptance from the public.

Many of the new settlers in the colony were guys. And as Colligham points out, local women were married, spurring ethnic crossovers in cooking and ingredients. Along the way, tomatoes started to feature in South Indian dishes such as Kerala tomato fries, kurma tomatoes, and the South's most widely consumed soup: rasam. Light and brothy, rasam is considered the supreme comfort food of both rich and poor; many eat it every day.

North Indians also love tomatoes and put them in butter chicken, eggplant bharta, and other dishes that have a distinct sensibility to the south. Tourists in South India will find food lighter, spicier, and laced with coconut, tamarind, cloves, and lots of fresh fish caught along the tropical palm-fringed coasts.


A well known interesting fact about Potatoes- Potatoes are considered to be a chameleon of vegetables. It's such a plain ingredient that it takes on the flavors of everything and adds to it. It is also flexible enough to be reinterpreted in a new way for any meal of the day.

In India, the potato tale is one that starts with the early Portuguese and Dutch traders. However, their power or scope did not spread across the subcontinent, and the potato remained limited to small patches along the Malabar coast.

In the 20th century, the cultivation of potatoes increased considerably with the introduction of modern agricultural methods. From the production of 1.5 million tons in 1949-50 to 48.6 million tons in 2017, the potato has continued to grow in the new millennium.

Take a look at the daily lunch or dinner—from the Bihari aloo chokha (mashed potatoes tempered with green chilies and onions) to the spicy Kashmiri dum aloo yogurt; from the Bengali aloo posto (potatoes cooked in poppy seed paste) to the Manipuri eromba (bamboo mashed potatoes with chutney and dried fish); from the spicy Kerala potato roast to the aromatic Maharashtrian batatya.

online vegetables app :

To begin a online vegetables app, you must first create a website with a web domain that is appropriate for your industry. Your company’s image will be defined by the domain. OTPxpress is an online store for vegetable home delivery business. OTPxpress brings farm-fresh products and your daily essentials to your doorstep at an affordable price, making online and in-store grocery shopping Fast, Safe and Easy.


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.

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