February 2017 Produce Challenge Calendar

February 2017 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 want 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 simply a guide to seasonal produce that contains fun challenges, positive encouragement, tips, tricks, recipes, and facts that’ll help you and your family eat more fruits and veggies.

What if I’m on a special diet or have diet-restrictions?

If you’re on a special diet or have diet restrictions, don’t worry! The #ProduceChallenge plays well with all diets: Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, organic, conventional, nut-free, no problem! The challenge isn’t about changing your current diet, it’s simply about adding more produce to it, whatever it is. If there’s a produce item on the calendar that you can’t eat, simply replace it with another one you can. As long as you’re eating fruits and veggies every day and trying new and different items, you’re doing it right!

How does the #ProduceChallenge work?

The #ProduceChallenge Calendar is interactive. Click on each day of the calendar for a fun fact or tip. But the real fun begins when you JOIN the challenge. When you join (it’s completely free), you’ll receive a weekly email that contains family-friendly recipes, produce industry insights, and tips & tutorials that make eating more fruits and veggies easy.

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To join the #ProduceChallenge, subscribe to the e-newsletter (sign-up below). We strongly encourage you to subscribe because you’ll be more successful if you do. The recipes, tips, and tutorials you’ll receive to your inbox will make the challenge a breeze! So join the thousands of other Produce Moms and Dads that are already taking the challenge and sign up now:

Grapefruit is actually a combination of a sweet orange and a pomelo and was first grown in Barbados.
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Grapefruit is actually a combination of a sweet orange and a pomelo and was first grown in Barbados.
It takes and average of 45 to 60 days for green beans to transform from seeds to delicious pods!
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It takes and average of 45 to 60 days for green beans to transform from seeds to delicious pods!
Grape tomatoes were developed in the 1990s. Their popularity grew quickly because they’re sweet and bite-sized.
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Grape tomatoes were developed in the 1990s. Their popularity grew quickly because they’re sweet and bite-sized.
Wild mushrooms can be dangerous to eat if you’re unsure of the species. A mycophile is someone whose hobby is to hunt edible wild mushrooms. No worries though, store bought mushrooms are completely safe!
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Wild mushrooms can be dangerous to eat if you’re unsure of the species. A mycophile is someone whose hobby is to hunt edible wild mushrooms. No worries though, store bought mushrooms are completely safe!
Avocados aren’t vegetables… they actually belong to the Lauraceae family. The fruits of Lauraceae are drupes; which are one-seeded fleshy fruits with a hard outer layer.
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Avocados aren’t vegetables… they actually belong to the Lauraceae family. The fruits of Lauraceae are drupes; which are one-seeded fleshy fruits with a hard outer layer.
Lemongrass is commonly used in teas, soups and curries.
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Lemongrass is commonly used in teas, soups and curries.
Lacinato Kale is a cousin of traditional green kale and is also known as Tuscan or Black kale.
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Lacinato Kale is a cousin of traditional green kale and is also known as Tuscan or Black kale.
Russets are great for baking, mashing and frying thanks to their dry and white flesh.
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Russets are great for baking, mashing and frying thanks to their dry and white flesh.
Snow peas are easily distinguished from their cousin, the snap pea, by their flat shape.
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Snow peas are easily distinguished from their cousin, the snap pea, by their flat shape.
Did you know… the long strong ribs and spoon-shaped leaves of romaine lettuce make it perfect to use as an edible scoop or spoon?
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Did you know… the long strong ribs and spoon-shaped leaves of romaine lettuce make it perfect to use as an edible scoop or spoon?
Walnuts are a great source of vitamins A, E, K and B and contain minerals like manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and iron.
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Walnuts are a great source of vitamins A, E, K and B and contain minerals like manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and iron.
In some countries, like Sumatra, coconuts are harvested with the help of small tree-climbing monkeys.
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In some countries, like Sumatra, coconuts are harvested with the help of small tree-climbing monkeys.
The largest watermelon ever grown weighed in at over 350 lbs!
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The largest watermelon ever grown weighed in at over 350 lbs!
Did you know, it takes over 3 years for a single pineapple to reach maturity?
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Did you know, it takes over 3 years for a single pineapple to reach maturity?
Forelles are not only beautiful, but they are tasty too. They’re known as a great “snacking” pear.
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Forelles are not only beautiful, but they are tasty too. They’re known as a great “snacking” pear.
Grapes are actually a type of berry, and there are over 8,000 different varieties.
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Grapes are actually a type of berry, and there are over 8,000 different varieties.
Gala’s are actually a parent apple of several other varieties, including Jazz, Envy and Delfloga apples.
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Gala’s are actually a parent apple of several other varieties, including Jazz, Envy and Delfloga apples.
A single healthy lemon tree can produce between 500 and 600 pounds of lemons every year.
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A single healthy lemon tree can produce between 500 and 600 pounds of lemons every year.
Red bell peppers are simply green bell peppers that have been left on the vine to continue to ripen – making them sweeter!
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Red bell peppers are simply green bell peppers that have been left on the vine to continue to ripen – making them sweeter!
Parsnips look a lot like white-colored carrots, but they taste sweeter and are packed with vitamins and minerals!
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Parsnips look a lot like white-colored carrots, but they taste sweeter and are packed with vitamins and minerals!
Leeks are a type of onion which carry little allyl sulfide gas – making them less likely to make you tear up when slicing.
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Leeks are a type of onion which carry little allyl sulfide gas – making them less likely to make you tear up when slicing.
Sweet potatoes are actually related to morning glories.
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Sweet potatoes are actually related to morning glories.
Radishes are usually eaten raw, but they can also be pickled, boiled and fried.
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Radishes are usually eaten raw, but they can also be pickled, boiled and fried.
Stop…don’t eat the pod! Simply slide the beans out with your teeth and discard the rest.
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Stop…don’t eat the pod! Simply slide the beans out with your teeth and discard the rest.
Sprinkling salt over eggplant slices draws out some of the moisture and bitter flavor compounds.
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Sprinkling salt over eggplant slices draws out some of the moisture and bitter flavor compounds.
Did you know that pistachios are actually members of the cashew family?
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Did you know that pistachios are actually members of the cashew family?
Strawberries are members of the rose family and are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
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Strawberries are members of the rose family and are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
The test for ripeness is known as “check the neck” – you do this by gently pressing near the top of the pear with your thumb. If it gives slightly, it’s ready to eat!
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The test for ripeness is known as “check the neck” – you do this by gently pressing near the top of the pear with your thumb. If it gives slightly, it’s ready to eat!

Click here to download and print this calendar as a PDF.

Have a great February, everyone. Enjoy those winter fruits and veggies!

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