April 2017 Produce Challenge Calendar

April 2017 Produce Challenge Calendar

Happy April! No joking around… it’s time to take the #ProduceChallenge!

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.

Join the #ProduceChallenge! Subscribe here:

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:

The word “Pomegranate” means “apple with many seeds.”
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The word “Pomegranate” means “apple with many seeds.”
In middle ages, onions were acceptable forms of currency, and could be used to pay for rent, goods and services.
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In middle ages, onions were acceptable forms of currency, and could be used to pay for rent, goods and services.
Farmers in Japan have started growing cube shaped watermelons by growing them in glass boxes where they assume the shape of the box.
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Farmers in Japan have started growing cube shaped watermelons by growing them in glass boxes where they assume the shape of the box.
Did you know that there are over 8,000 grape varieties from about 60 different species?
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Did you know that there are over 8,000 grape varieties from about 60 different species?
Red Anjou pears are very similar to their green counterparts in shape, flavor and texture. Only their color varies.
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Red Anjou pears are very similar to their green counterparts in shape, flavor and texture. Only their color varies.
The flavor of a strawberry is influenced by weather, the variety and stage of ripeness when harvested.
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The flavor of a strawberry is influenced by weather, the variety and stage of ripeness when harvested.
The Inca Indians in Peru were the first to cultivate potatoes around 8,000 BCE.
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The Inca Indians in Peru were the first to cultivate potatoes around 8,000 BCE.
Red Bananas are shorter, plumper and heartier than the average banana.
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Red Bananas are shorter, plumper and heartier than the average banana.
The average bushel of tomatoes weighs 53 pounds.
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The average bushel of tomatoes weighs 53 pounds.
The beet and its greens are both an excellent source of folate, vitamin A and K.
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The beet and its greens are both an excellent source of folate, vitamin A and K.
Chives are related to the lily family.
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Chives are related to the lily family.
Traditionally, romaine is the usual lettuce used in Caesar salad.
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Traditionally, romaine is the usual lettuce used in Caesar salad.
American colonists boiled blueberries with milk to make gray paint.
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American colonists boiled blueberries with milk to make gray paint.
Green beans propagate via seed. It takes 45 to 60 days from planting to harvesting.
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Green beans propagate via seed. It takes 45 to 60 days from planting to harvesting.
According to Christian mythology, when Satan left the Garden of Eden, garlic grew from his left footprint.
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According to Christian mythology, when Satan left the Garden of Eden, garlic grew from his left footprint.
Easter egg radishes are petite and their skin colors range from white to pink to crimson to purple, all in one bunch.
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Easter egg radishes are petite and their skin colors range from white to pink to crimson to purple, all in one bunch.
The Meyer Lemon is thought to be a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange.
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The Meyer Lemon is thought to be a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange.
Originally, the kiwi fruit was known as the “Chinese Gooseberry.” However, New Zealanders renamed it due to its similarities to the kiwi bird.
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Originally, the kiwi fruit was known as the “Chinese Gooseberry.” However, New Zealanders renamed it due to its similarities to the kiwi bird.
The mineral content of shallots is typically higher than that of onions, including iron, copper and potassium.
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The mineral content of shallots is typically higher than that of onions, including iron, copper and potassium.
When European explorers first encountered the fruit in the Americas, they called them “pineapples” because of the resemblance to pine cones.
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When European explorers first encountered the fruit in the Americas, they called them “pineapples” because of the resemblance to pine cones.
Healthy fats, like olive oil, avocado or almond butter can combine with kale and create fat-soluble carotenoids more available to the body.
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Healthy fats, like olive oil, avocado or almond butter can combine with kale and create fat-soluble carotenoids more available to the body.
The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, acts as a potent antioxidant.
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The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, acts as a potent antioxidant.
In El Salvador, the wood of a guava shrub is used to make hair combs.
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In El Salvador, the wood of a guava shrub is used to make hair combs.
Unlike most other fruits and vegetables, Brussels Sprouts don’t need to ripen before you eat them.
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Unlike most other fruits and vegetables, Brussels Sprouts don’t need to ripen before you eat them.
One zucchini is a “zucchina.”
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One zucchini is a “zucchina.”
Mushrooms are the only plant source of vitamin D.
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Mushrooms are the only plant source of vitamin D.
Eggplant is a species of nightshade grown for its edible fruit.
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Eggplant is a species of nightshade grown for its edible fruit.
Mose Coleman of Toombs County accidentally discovered the Vidalia onion during the Great Depression.
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Mose Coleman of Toombs County accidentally discovered the Vidalia onion during the Great Depression.
Most apple blossoms are pink when they open but gradually fade to white.
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Most apple blossoms are pink when they open but gradually fade to white.
The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates prescribed celery as a nerve soother.
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The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates prescribed celery as a nerve soother.

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Have a wonderful April. Enjoy those spring fruits and veggies!

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