A new month = A new #ProduceChallenge! Are you up to the challenge?

The June 2017 Produce Challenge is full of fresh summer flavors. We have so many 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! 

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 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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Ripe papayas should be stored in the refrigerator and eaten within one or two days to maximize their flavor.
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Ripe papayas should be stored in the refrigerator and eaten within one or two days to maximize their flavor.
Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of the United States imported broccoli seeds from Italy to plant at Monticello in 1767.
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Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of the United States imported broccoli seeds from Italy to plant at Monticello in 1767.
Oranges have been grown since ancient times and originated in Southeast Asia.
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Oranges have been grown since ancient times and originated in Southeast Asia.
Dragon Fruits are not produced by a tree, but rather from a fruit-bearing species of cacti native to Central and South America.
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Dragon Fruits are not produced by a tree, but rather from a fruit-bearing species of cacti native to Central and South America.
Both beets and their greens are an excellent source of folate, vitamin A and K, and a very good source of manganese, copper and potassium.
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Both beets and their greens are an excellent source of folate, vitamin A and K, and a very good source of manganese, copper and potassium.
Cucumber plants are naturally monoecious, meaning there are separate male and female flowers on the same plant.
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Cucumber plants are naturally monoecious, meaning there are separate male and female flowers on the same plant.
Remains of sweet potatoes have been found dating back to 8,000 BCE.
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Remains of sweet potatoes have been found dating back to 8,000 BCE.
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?
Because the tomato has seeds and grows from a flowering plant, botanically it is classified as a fruit, not a vegetable.
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Because the tomato has seeds and grows from a flowering plant, botanically it is classified as a fruit, not a vegetable.
Turnips have a sweet, peppery and radish-like taste.
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Turnips have a sweet, peppery and radish-like taste.
The scientific name for banana is “musa sapientum,” which means, “fruit of the wise men.”
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The scientific name for banana is “musa sapientum,” which means, “fruit of the wise men.”
The heaviest sprout ever was grown in 1992 and weighted over 18 pounds.
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The heaviest sprout ever was grown in 1992 and weighted over 18 pounds.
Not a fan of fuzzy peaches? Drop them in a pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds, and then immediately transfer them to cold water. The skin will slip right off in your hands!
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Not a fan of fuzzy peaches? Drop them in a pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds, and then immediately transfer them to cold water. The skin will slip right off in your hands!
Lemons are native to Asia.
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Lemons are native to Asia.
Grapes contain powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols, which may slow or prevent many types of cancer.
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Grapes contain powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols, which may slow or prevent many types of cancer.
Developed in 1952, the Rainier cherry is named after Mount Rainier in Washington.
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Developed in 1952, the Rainier cherry is named after Mount Rainier in Washington.
Eggplant is part of the nightshade family, along with tomatoes and potatoes, and all edible members of that family are actually fruits.
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Eggplant is part of the nightshade family, along with tomatoes and potatoes, and all edible members of that family are actually fruits.
Jalapenos rate anywhere between 1,000 to 20,000 Scoville units. It is wider and milder than the similar Serrano pepper.
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Jalapenos rate anywhere between 1,000 to 20,000 Scoville units. It is wider and milder than the similar Serrano pepper.
Originally tomatoes were considered poisonous by Europeans. It was thought if you ate a tomato, its poison would turn your blood to acid – a crazy thought nowadays!
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Originally tomatoes were considered poisonous by Europeans. It was thought if you ate a tomato, its poison would turn your blood to acid – a crazy thought nowadays!
A half cup serving of julienned purple onions provides approximately 65 calories.
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A half cup serving of julienned purple onions provides approximately 65 calories.
Blackberries are also known by their aliases, brambleberries, brambles, dewberries, thimbleberries and lawyers.
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Blackberries are also known by their aliases, brambleberries, brambles, dewberries, thimbleberries and lawyers.
Radishes are usually eaten raw, but they can also be pickled, boiled or fried
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Radishes are usually eaten raw, but they can also be pickled, boiled or fried
Green beans are great when eaten fresh. Just snap the ends off and dip in your favorite hummus.
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Green beans are great when eaten fresh. Just snap the ends off and dip in your favorite hummus.
Only after cooking does the flesh resemble spaghetti in appearance.
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Only after cooking does the flesh resemble spaghetti in appearance.
The lima bean is believed to have originated in either Peru or Guatemala.
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The lima bean is believed to have originated in either Peru or Guatemala.
A single portabella mushroom can contain more potassium than a banana.
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A single portabella mushroom can contain more potassium than a banana.
A cup and a half of grapes contains just 90 calories, no fat, and virtually no sodium.
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A cup and a half of grapes contains just 90 calories, no fat, and virtually no sodium.
Despite their name, strawberries aren’t technically berries – they are accessory fruits.
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Despite their name, strawberries aren’t technically berries – they are accessory fruits.
Zucchinis were first brought to the United States in the 1920s by the Italians.
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Zucchinis were first brought to the United States in the 1920s by the Italians.
In Tuscan cuisine, lacinato kale is often used in a thick, hearty soup made up of ingredients cooked for a meal the day before.
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In Tuscan cuisine, lacinato kale is often used in a thick, hearty soup made up of ingredients cooked for a meal the day before.

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Have a wonderful month full of fresh fruits and veggies!

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