December 2016 Produce Challenge Calendar

December 2016 Produce Challenge Calendar

A new month is here and that means a new #ProduceChallenge! Are you up to the challenge? 

Who should take the #ProduceChallenge?

  • People who want to eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • People who are tired of eating the same few fruits and vegetables week after week.
  • People who are looking for new and exciting way to cook & bake with fruits and vegetables.
  • Parents who want strategies to get their children to eat more fruits and veggies.
  • Parents who are looking for kid-friendly recipes.
  • People who want to learn more about where their food comes from and how it’s grown.
  • People who are interested in learning produce tips, tricks, and fun facts.

Basically, EVERYONE! 

What is the #ProduceChallenge?

Let’s start by saying what the #ProduceChallenge is not. It is NOT a restrictive diet or a rigid plan that only health nuts can follow. The #ProduceChallenge is created for normal people by normal people with a passion for produce. The #ProduceChallenge is simply a guide to seasonal produce that’s packed full of fun challenges, positive encouragement, tips, tricks, recipes, and facts that’ll help you to eat a variety of fruits and veggies.

How does the #ProduceChallenge work?

The #ProduceChallenge is interactive. Click on each day of the calendar and you’ll be linked with a recipe, tip, fact, produce tutorial, or trusted partner product.

The bigger the navel in an orange, the sweeter it will be.
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The bigger the navel in an orange, the sweeter it will be.
Because of their high acid content, Granny Smiths don’t brown as quickly after cutting.
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Because of their high acid content, Granny Smiths don’t brown as quickly after cutting.
Dates have a long shelf life thanks to their high sugar and low water content.
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Dates have a long shelf life thanks to their high sugar and low water content.
These fruits can be eaten whole, skin and all.
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These fruits can be eaten whole, skin and all.
Bosc pears have a crisp and dense texture with a sweet flavor
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Bosc pears have a crisp and dense texture with a sweet flavor
Romaine lettuce is perfect for green smoothies as its delicate flavor is easily masked by any kind of fruit.
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Romaine lettuce is perfect for green smoothies as its delicate flavor is easily masked by any kind of fruit.
Mushrooms grow from spores, not seeds and a single mushroom will drop as many as 16 billion spores.
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Mushrooms grow from spores, not seeds and a single mushroom will drop as many as 16 billion spores.
Passion fruits are produced by fast-growing vines that can grow as much as 20 feet in one year.
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Passion fruits are produced by fast-growing vines that can grow as much as 20 feet in one year.
Swap out your pasta for this amazing veggie. Spaghetti squash has only 20 calories, while the same size serving of pasta will contain over 100 calories
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Swap out your pasta for this amazing veggie. Spaghetti squash has only 20 calories, while the same size serving of pasta will contain over 100 calories
Swiss Chard can reach nearly 30 inches in height.
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Swiss Chard can reach nearly 30 inches in height.
The average American will eat over 18 pounds of onions in a year.
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The average American will eat over 18 pounds of onions in a year.
Though plantains may look like bananas, they are used more like potatoes when cooking due to their high starch and low sugar content
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Though plantains may look like bananas, they are used more like potatoes when cooking due to their high starch and low sugar content
Did you know that fig trees have no blossoms on their branches?
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Did you know that fig trees have no blossoms on their branches?
Cabbage has virtually no fat content
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Cabbage has virtually no fat content
Did you know that beet greens are also completely edible and high in nutrients like beta-carotene and lutein?
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Did you know that beet greens are also completely edible and high in nutrients like beta-carotene and lutein?
In France, snow peas are called “mange-tout” meaning “eat-it-all”. The entire pod is edible!
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In France, snow peas are called “mange-tout” meaning “eat-it-all”. The entire pod is edible!
Eating one turning provides over 50% of your daily vitamin C needs!
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Eating one turning provides over 50% of your daily vitamin C needs!
Quince is best known for it strong and tropical aroma. It is so pleasant smelling, it was once used in wedding ceremonies in ancient Greece.
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Quince is best known for it strong and tropical aroma. It is so pleasant smelling, it was once used in wedding ceremonies in ancient Greece.
The word “raspberry” comes from the old French term “raspise” meaning “sweet, rose-colored wine.”
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The word “raspberry” comes from the old French term “raspise” meaning “sweet, rose-colored wine.”
Different color carrots can provide different nutrients: Orange = betat and alpha carotene; Purple=Anthocyanin; Red=Lycopene; Yellow=lutein
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Different color carrots can provide different nutrients: Orange = betat and alpha carotene; Purple=Anthocyanin; Red=Lycopene; Yellow=lutein
Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin K and potassium.
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Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin K and potassium.
Compared to regular broccoli, Brocccolini has a more mild, sweet and earthy taste.
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Compared to regular broccoli, Brocccolini has a more mild, sweet and earthy taste.
George Washington grew sweet potatoes on his farm in Mount Vernon, Virginia.
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George Washington grew sweet potatoes on his farm in Mount Vernon, Virginia.
Cranberries don’t grow in water. Because they float, the fields are sometimes flooded to make harvesting easier.
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Cranberries don’t grow in water. Because they float, the fields are sometimes flooded to make harvesting easier.
Like the Christmas song says, chestnuts do indeed go “pop pop pop” when roasted. Cut a cross on the flat side to avoid an “explosion” while cooking.
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Like the Christmas song says, chestnuts do indeed go “pop pop pop” when roasted. Cut a cross on the flat side to avoid an “explosion” while cooking.
Collard greens are also called “non-heading cabbage” or “tree-cabbage”.
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Collard greens are also called “non-heading cabbage” or “tree-cabbage”.
Asian Pears are round and crisp like an apple, but with a slightly grainy texture and melon-like flavor.
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Asian Pears are round and crisp like an apple, but with a slightly grainy texture and melon-like flavor.
Galas are a cross between the Golden Delicious and Kidd’s Orange Red varieties.
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Galas are a cross between the Golden Delicious and Kidd’s Orange Red varieties.
Don’t be fooled by appearances. This radish doesn’t taste like a watermelon, but rather a delicious, mild and only slightly peppery version of a common radish.
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Don’t be fooled by appearances. This radish doesn’t taste like a watermelon, but rather a delicious, mild and only slightly peppery version of a common radish.
Celery consists of 10 to 12 individual pale green stalks.
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Celery consists of 10 to 12 individual pale green stalks.
Did you know that it takes about 2.5 pounds of grapes to make a single bottle of wine?
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Did you know that it takes about 2.5 pounds of grapes to make a single bottle of wine?

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Have a great December, everyone. Let’s fill it with lots of delicious spring fruits and veggies!

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