May 2017 Produce Challenge Calendar

May 2017 Produce Challenge Calendar

A new month = 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:

Bosc Pears are bronze in color with a crisp texture, sweet flavor and hints of fall spices.
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Bosc Pears are bronze in color with a crisp texture, sweet flavor and hints of fall spices.
Grape tomatoes are believed to be of Southeast Asian origin, with the sweetness of Cherry Tomatoes.
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Grape tomatoes are believed to be of Southeast Asian origin, with the sweetness of Cherry Tomatoes.
Did you know Raspberries are an edible fruit related to the rose family?
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Did you know Raspberries are an edible fruit related to the rose family?
Looking for a variation on traditional cole slaw? Broccoli slaw uses broccoli stalks instead of cabbage and is a welcome change of pace!
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Looking for a variation on traditional cole slaw? Broccoli slaw uses broccoli stalks instead of cabbage and is a welcome change of pace!
Avocados are native to South Central Mexica, classified as a member of the flower plant family, Lauraceae.
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Avocados are native to South Central Mexica, classified as a member of the flower plant family, Lauraceae.
Walnuts can help reduce bad cholesterol, improve metabolism and control diabetes.
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Walnuts can help reduce bad cholesterol, improve metabolism and control diabetes.
Rhubarb is also known as “pie plant” and has a tart flavor and bright color.
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Rhubarb is also known as “pie plant” and has a tart flavor and bright color.
Did you know that watermelon has more lycopene than raw tomatoes?
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Did you know that watermelon has more lycopene than raw tomatoes?
Much like many other leafy vegetables, Arugula is rich in folates. Folates have been shown to decrease occurrences in certain mental defects in newborns.
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Much like many other leafy vegetables, Arugula is rich in folates. Folates have been shown to decrease occurrences in certain mental defects in newborns.
Onions are some of the oldest vegetables that were used by the first modern civilizations.
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Onions are some of the oldest vegetables that were used by the first modern civilizations.
Bell peppers are actually fruits because they are produced form a flowering plant and contain seeds – though most people think of them as vegetables.
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Bell peppers are actually fruits because they are produced form a flowering plant and contain seeds – though most people think of them as vegetables.
Cauliflower family members include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage.
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Cauliflower family members include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage.
Did you know pomegranates can be stored for up to 2 months in the refrigerator?
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Did you know pomegranates can be stored for up to 2 months in the refrigerator?
Pink Lady is actually a brand name of a Cripps Pink apple. Being one of the very few apples that has its own brand name, quality control is tight.
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Pink Lady is actually a brand name of a Cripps Pink apple. Being one of the very few apples that has its own brand name, quality control is tight.
One slice of cantaloupe contains only 100 calories.
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One slice of cantaloupe contains only 100 calories.
Did you know…mangos were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago.
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Did you know…mangos were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago.
Nectarines are closely related to peaches, and are sometimes grafted to and grown on peach trees.
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Nectarines are closely related to peaches, and are sometimes grafted to and grown on peach trees.
Clementines are one of the few varieties of citrus fruits that are seedless.
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Clementines are one of the few varieties of citrus fruits that are seedless.
Snow peas different from snow peas in that their pods are round as opposed to flat.
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Snow peas different from snow peas in that their pods are round as opposed to flat.
There are over 200 seeds on the average strawberry
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There are over 200 seeds on the average strawberry.
Grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C.
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Grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C.
Summer squash are squashes that are harvested when immature, while the rind is still tender and edible.
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Summer squash are squashes that are harvested when immature, while the rind is still tender and edible.
Celery can help you get your daily dose of folate, potassium, fiber and molybdenum.
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Celery can help you get your daily dose of folate, potassium, fiber and molybdenum.
When asparagus spears go unharvested, the unfurl similar to a fern and turn into a big bushy plant.
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When asparagus spears go unharvested, the unfurl similar to a fern and turn into a big bushy plant.
Swiss chard is an excellent source of vitamins K, A and C, as well as as good source of magnesium, potassium, iron and fiber.
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Swiss chard is an excellent source of vitamins K, A and C, as well as as good source of magnesium, potassium, iron and fiber.
On average an ear of corn has around 800 kernels arranged in 16 rows.
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On average an ear of corn has around 800 kernels arranged in 16 rows.
In 1948, a young Marilyn Monroe’s was crowned Castroville’s first “Artichoke Queen.”
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In 1948, a young Marilyn Monroe’s was crowned Castroville’s first “Artichoke Queen.”
Spinach is an edible flowering plant in the family Amaranthaceae native to central and western Asia.
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Spinach is an edible flowering plant in the family Amaranthaceae native to central and western Asia.
Sweet potatoes and yams are botanically two very different vegetables – though your supermarket may use them interchangeably.
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Sweet potatoes and yams are botanically two very different vegetables – though your supermarket may use them interchangeably.
Portabella Mushroom: A single portabella mushroom can contain more potassium than a banana.
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Portabella Mushroom: A single portabella mushroom can contain more potassium than a banana.
Spanish explorers introduced the fruit to America over 300 years ago.
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Spanish explorers introduced the fruit to America over 300 years ago.

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Have a wonderful month of May. Enjoy those late spring fruits and veggies!

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