Asparagus

It takes three years to grow asparagus from seed to harvest.

The Romans, in the 1st Century BC, were the first to preserve asparagus by freezing it in the Alps.

Beets

Studies have shown that high levels of the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents found in beets may reduce risk of some cancers.

Beets are rich in six different nutrients. They're an excellent source of folate, vitamins A and K, manganese, copper, and potassium.

Beets have been shown to support your body's natural detoxification process, thanks to betalin, a compound naturally found in beets.

Carrots

One square meter of U.S. carrot production (one crop) is adequate to fulfill vitamin A needs for one adult for one year.

The world's longest carrot, recorded in 2007, was 19 feet, 2 inches.

Carrots were first grown as a medicine, not a food.

Carrots are not always orange; they can also be found in purple, white, red or yellow.

In the Middle Ages, carrot juice was used to make butter a more appealing color in winter.

The biggest carrot statue in the world? 30 feet high.

The classic Bugs Bunny carrot is the "Danvers" type.

The old saying "dangling a carrot" to entice someone, originates from when carrots were held in front of donkeys to get them to move.

The classic snowman's nose is always a carrot.

A teaspoon holds almost 2,000 carrot seeds.

February 3rd is National Carrot Day.

In the 16th century, Dutch carrot growers cross-bred yellow and red carrots to create the orange carrot in honor of their Royal Family.

Carrots are about 87% water.

Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene, which is important for eyesight, skin health, and normal growth.

Carrots contain a high amount of fiber.

One square meter of U.S. carrot production (one crop) can fulfill vitamin A needs for one adult for one year.

Corn

With the exception of Antarctica, corn is produced on every continent in the world.

As of 2012, the United States produces 40% of the world's total harvest, making it the biggest maize producer in the world.

America's "Corn Belt", where growing conditions are ideal, includes the states of IA, IL, NE, MN, IN, OH, WI, SD, MI, MO, KS and KY.

Corn can be produced in various colors including blackish, bluish-gray, purple, green, red, white, and the most common, yellow.

There are more than 3,500 different uses for corn, and it is found in all sorts of products from peanut butter to batteries.

In the days of the early settlers in North America, corn was so valuable that it was used as money and traded for other products such as meat and furs.

The pilgrims ate corn at the first Thanksgiving.

A farmer in the early 20th century could hand pick roughly 100 bushels of corn a day. Today, a modern combine do this in 7 minutes.

The world record for corn eating is 33 and a half ears in 12 minutes.

The long threads on top of an ear of corn are called silks. There is one silk strand for each kernel of corn.

Corn is rich in antioxidants and fiber.

Corn is called maize by most countries; this comes from the Spanish word "maize".

Corn is a cereal crop that is part of the grass family.

On average, an ear of corn has 800 kernels in 16 rows.

Green Beans

The saying "full of beans" means you've got lots of energy. The saying "spill the beans" means to tell the truth.

According to researchers, Jack and the Beanstalk is based on an archaic story that originated more than 5,000 years ago.

An estimated 40 million green bean casseroles are served each Thanksgiving.

Campbell's Green Bean Casserole recipe (using their cream of mushroom soup) was developed in 1955.

Green beans are also called snap beans because of the sound they make when being broken.

The first to put green beans on their menu were the French.

There are only roughly 40 calories in one cup of green beans.

Every July, Blairsville, GA holds the Green Bean Festival, which includes cooking contests, canning plant tours, and beauty pageants.

Green beans are a good source of proteins, carbs and dietary fibers. They also contain vitamins B, C, and K, and are rich in minerals.

Green, or common beans, grew wild in Central and South America, and have been used by people in these areas since 5000-6000 BC.

Today, the largest commercial producers of fresh green beans include the United States, China, Japan, Spain, Italy, and France.

"Green" beans can actually be green, yellow, purple, or speckled in these colors.

Lima Beans

Also known as butter beans, Lima Beans are named after Lima, Peru, where they have been consumed for at least 6,000 years.

Peas

The oldest pea was found in Thailand. It was 3000 years old!

In 1984 Janet Harris of Sussex, UK set a world record by eating 7,175 peas in one hour, picking them up one at time with chopsticks.

Hans Christian Andersens' The Princess and The Pea was published in 1835.

Thomas Jefferson regarded peas as one of his favorite vegetables. He grew at least 15 varieties at Monticello.

Scent of sweet pea is used in the perfume industry. Flowers of sweet pea are used in the manufacture of soaps and lotions.

The Father of Modern Genetics, Gregor Mendel, conducted his experiments and research studies using peas.

Potatoes

Potatoes are grown in all 50 states of the USA and in about 125 countries throughout the world.

Potatoes are sometimes called spuds.

In October 1995, the potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space.

The potato is 80% water.

The largest potato ever weighed 18 pounds, 4 ounces and was grown in England in 1795.

Pringles made the world's largest potato chip in 1990. It measured 23 inches in diameter.

Potatoes contain more potassium than bananas.

Sauerkraut

German for "sour cabbage", sauerkraut originated in China 4,000 years ago.

Sauerkraut is rich in vitamin C and was used by British sailors (most notably Captain Cook's crew) to combat scurvy.