Fruits and Veggies to try in July!

The July 2017 Produce Challenge is here and it’s packed with fresh summer flavors! We have selected the very best for your holiday celebrations, summer picnics, and family cookouts. 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! 

Did you know that plums don’t sweeten after being picked, but they do soften
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Did you know that plums don’t sweeten after being picked, but they do soften
The purple passion fruit is native from southern Brazil through Paraguay to northern Argentina.
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The purple passion fruit is native from southern Brazil through Paraguay to northern Argentina.
Each tassel on a corn plant releases as many as 5 million grains of pollen.
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Each tassel on a corn plant releases as many as 5 million grains of pollen.
It is believed the the Romans discovered this fruit in Asia Minor around 70 BCE.
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It is believed the the Romans discovered this fruit in Asia Minor around 70 BCE.
A single Portobello Mushroom can contain more potassium than a banana!
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A single Portobello Mushroom can contain more potassium than a banana!
Just like many other types of cruciferous vegetables, kohlrabi is made artificially, via selective breeding of wild mustard plants.
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Just like many other types of cruciferous vegetables, kohlrabi is made artificially, via selective breeding of wild mustard plants.
One head of romaine has 206 mg of calcium. That’s about 20% of your recommended daily amount!
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One head of romaine has 206 mg of calcium. That’s about 20% of your recommended daily amount!
Some call edamame the “super” or “wonder” vegetable because it is the only vegetable that contains all nine essential amino acids.
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Some call edamame the “super” or “wonder” vegetable because it is the only vegetable that contains all nine essential amino acids.
Lemons are native to Asia and their trees produce fruit all year round.
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Lemons are native to Asia and their trees produce fruit all year round.
Blueberries can help lower your overall cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease.
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Blueberries can help lower your overall cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease.
Romas have few seeds and are a good for canning and making sauce.
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Romas have few seeds and are a good for canning and making sauce.
Celery is a type of herbaceous plant that belongs to the parsley family.
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Celery is a type of herbaceous plant that belongs to the parsley family.
The potato is the world’s fourth largest food crop following rice, wheat and maize
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The potato is the world’s fourth largest food crop following rice, wheat and maize
Artichokes are said to be aphrodisiacs.
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Artichokes are said to be aphrodisiacs.
Fig tress have no blossoms on their branches - the blossom is inside of the fruit.
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Fig tress have no blossoms on their branches - the blossom is inside of the fruit.
The deeper orange the carrot you’re eating; the more beta-carotene you’re getting
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The deeper orange the carrot you’re eating; the more beta-carotene you’re getting
Watermelon has more lycopene than raw tomatoes.
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Watermelon has more lycopene than raw tomatoes.
Apricots are a member of the rose family.
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Apricots are a member of the rose family.
One cup of grapes provides more than a quarter of the daily recommended values of vitamins K and C.
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One cup of grapes provides more than a quarter of the daily recommended values of vitamins K and C.
Blackberries are an aggregate fruit that is composed of many smaller fruits called “drupes."
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Blackberries are an aggregate fruit that is composed of many smaller fruits called “drupes."
There are over 3,000 varieties of pears grown around the world.
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There are over 3,000 varieties of pears grown around the world.
Kiwi fruit contains nearly 5 times the vitamin C of an orange in just one serving.
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Kiwi fruit contains nearly 5 times the vitamin C of an orange in just one serving.
Cantaloupes belong to the same family as cucumber and squash, so it is considered a gourd.
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Cantaloupes belong to the same family as cucumber and squash, so it is considered a gourd.
Radishes were first grown in China, but by 1629 they had spread as far as Massachusetts.
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Radishes were first grown in China, but by 1629 they had spread as far as Massachusetts.
A serving of kale has more absorbable calcium than a small carton of milk.
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A serving of kale has more absorbable calcium than a small carton of milk.
Cauliflower is one of several vegetables in the species Brassica Oleracea, and it is related to cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli and collard greens.
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Cauliflower is one of several vegetables in the species Brassica Oleracea, and it is related to cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli and collard greens.
One medium raw onion contains only 60 calories.
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One medium raw onion contains only 60 calories.
When enjoying sugar snap peas, you can eat the entire pod with the peas nestled inside.
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When enjoying sugar snap peas, you can eat the entire pod with the peas nestled inside.
Tomatillos are sometimes called husk cherries or tomato verde.
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Tomatillos are sometimes called husk cherries or tomato verde.
The sailors aboard Vasco de Gama’s ships named the coconut. They called it “Coco”, named after a grimacing face or hobgoblin.
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The sailors aboard Vasco de Gama’s ships named the coconut. They called it “Coco”, named after a grimacing face or hobgoblin.
Raspberries originate from Turkey, but they can now be found in all areas of the world with a temperate climate.
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Raspberries originate from Turkey, but they can now be found in all areas of the world with a temperate climate.

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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.
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  • Individuals wanting to learn more about where their food comes from and how it grows.
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Have a wonderful July! Be sure to let us know which fruits and veggies you’re eating this month in the comments below.

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