August 2017 Produce Challenge Calendar

August 2017 produce challenge calendar

Challenge yourself! Try a different fruit or veggie every day in August.

The August 2017 Produce Challenge is here and it’s full of summer goodies! We have lots of great recipes, tips, and tutorials awaiting you this month so be sure to join the Challenge by signing up for the e-newsletter (subscribe below). It’s 100% free! 

In the 1930’s U.S. spinach growers credited Popeye with a 33% increase in domestic spinach consumption
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In the 1930’s U.S. spinach growers credited Popeye with a 33% increase in domestic spinach consumption
Grape tomatoes were originally developed in the 1990s.
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Grape tomatoes were originally developed in the 1990s.
The watermelon is the most consumed melon in the USA (by weight).
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The watermelon is the most consumed melon in the USA (by weight).
Hawaiian pizza was invented by a Canadian restaurant in 1962.
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Hawaiian pizza was invented by a Canadian restaurant in 1962.
Walnuts are one of the best plant food sources of omega-3s.
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Walnuts are one of the best plant food sources of omega-3s.
One fresh medium-sized green chili pod has as much Vitamin C as six oranges.
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One fresh medium-sized green chili pod has as much Vitamin C as six oranges.
Someone who studies blackberries is known as a batologist.
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Someone who studies blackberries is known as a batologist.
One zucchini is a “zucchinia.”
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One zucchini is a “zucchinia.”
The taste of kale can be surprisingly varied, from peppery to more plain and slightly sweet.
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The taste of kale can be surprisingly varied, from peppery to more plain and slightly sweet.
Spanish explorers introduced grapes to America about 300 years ago.
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Spanish explorers introduced grapes to America about 300 years ago.
Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family, making it a cruciferous vegetable.
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Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family, making it a cruciferous vegetable.
Guava skin can be a green, yellow, cream, or red color, while the flesh color may be white, yellow, red or pink.
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Guava skin can be a green, yellow, cream, or red color, while the flesh color may be white, yellow, red or pink.
Pluots don't have the bitter taste that you can sometimes find with plums. Instead, their flavor is brimming with sweetness
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Pluots don't have the bitter taste that you can sometimes find with plums. Instead, their flavor is brimming with sweetness
Bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin A
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Bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin A
Limes are refreshing in drinks, sorbets, mixed with butter, pies, custards and with vegetables and fish.
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Limes are refreshing in drinks, sorbets, mixed with butter, pies, custards and with vegetables and fish.
Since the 1980s, maintaining a high intake of cruciferous vegetables has consistently been associated with a lower risk of developing various types of cancer. https://academic.oup.com/annonc/article/23/8/2198/136316/Cruciferous-vegetables-and-cancer-risk-in-a
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Since the 1980s, maintaining a high intake of cruciferous vegetables has consistently been associated with a lower risk of developing various types of cancer. https://academic.oup.com/annonc/article/23/8/2198/136316/Cruciferous-vegetables-and-cancer-risk-in-a
It takes three years for asparagus to develop from seed to harvest, but once they get going, they can be cropped for 15 years or more.
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It takes three years for asparagus to develop from seed to harvest, but once they get going, they can be cropped for 15 years or more.
There are at least 100 different types of cabbage grown throughout the world.
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There are at least 100 different types of cabbage grown throughout the world.
Leeks are the national emblem of Wales.
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Leeks are the national emblem of Wales.
Beetroot juice is one of the richest dietary sources of antioxidants and naturally occurring nitrates.
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Beetroot juice is one of the richest dietary sources of antioxidants and naturally occurring nitrates.
The wild form of celery is known as "smallage".
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The wild form of celery is known as "smallage".
You can ripen peaches by placing them in a brown paper bag for two to three days.
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You can ripen peaches by placing them in a brown paper bag for two to three days.
Mangos were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago.
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Mangos were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago.
Rainbow chard is the common name used to describe chard that has a variety of bright yellow, red, orange and purple stalks in each bunch.
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Rainbow chard is the common name used to describe chard that has a variety of bright yellow, red, orange and purple stalks in each bunch.
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.
The average person eats about 2 pounds of garlic per year. That’s over 300 cloves!
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The average person eats about 2 pounds of garlic per year. That’s over 300 cloves!
Parsley is thought to have originated in Sardinia.
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Parsley is thought to have originated in Sardinia.
The inner temperature of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the outside air.
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The inner temperature of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the outside air.
The word “banana” and “food” have the same meaning in Uganda.
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The word “banana” and “food” have the same meaning in Uganda.
Gala apples were discovered in 1934 by New Zealand orchardist J.H. Kidd, and are a cross between Golden Delicious and Kidd’s Orange Red.
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Gala apples were discovered in 1934 by New Zealand orchardist J.H. Kidd, and are a cross between Golden Delicious and Kidd’s Orange Red.
In 1995, the sweet potato was made the official state vegetable of North Carolina.
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In 1995, the sweet potato was made the official state vegetable of North Carolina.

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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.

Who should take the #ProduceChallenge?

  • People who want to eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Families that are tired of eating the same few fruits and vegetables week after week.
  • Individuals 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.
  • Individuals wanting to learn more about where their food comes from and how it grows.
  • People who want produce tips, tricks, and fun facts.

Basically, EVERYONE!

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!

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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. To join, complete the short form above. 

Have a wonderful August! Be sure to let us know which fruits and veggies you’re eating this month in the comments below.

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