Join the #ProduceChallenge & try a different fruit or veggie every day in October!

The October 2017 Produce Challenge is here and it’s full of fall goodies! 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! 

Red d’Anjou Pears are thought to have originated in France, near the city of Angers.
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Red d’Anjou Pears are thought to have originated in France, near the city of Angers.
Moon Drop Grapes are a seedless variety of black grape with an extraordinary crunch and an intensely sweet grapey flavor.
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Moon Drop Grapes are a seedless variety of black grape with an extraordinary crunch and an intensely sweet grapey flavor.
Radishes are a great low-cal snack. One cup of sliced radishes has only 19 calories.
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Radishes are a great low-cal snack. One cup of sliced radishes has only 19 calories.
Unlike most other fruits and vegetables, Brussels Sprouts do not need to ripen before you eat them.
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Unlike most other fruits and vegetables, Brussels Sprouts do not need to ripen before you eat them.
Dragon Fruit is super rich in important antioxidants, which fight damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are the main contributor to premature aging.
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Dragon Fruit is super rich in important antioxidants, which fight damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are the main contributor to premature aging.
Did you know that nearly two-thirds of the world’s artichokes are grown in Monterey Country, California?
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Did you know that nearly two-thirds of the world’s artichokes are grown in Monterey Country, California?
Over 53% of 7–9 year olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit.
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Over 53% of 7–9 year olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit.
Did you know, when cool nights precede harvest, Granny Smith Apples may develop a rosy pink blush?
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Did you know, when cool nights precede harvest, Granny Smith Apples may develop a rosy pink blush?
Store basil in a glass of water at room temperature out of direct sunlight.
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Store basil in a glass of water at room temperature out of direct sunlight.
Butternut squash originated in South America and has been being eaten by the Mexicans as long ago as 5,000 BCE.
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Butternut squash originated in South America and has been being eaten by the Mexicans as long ago as 5,000 BCE.
Broccoli’s name is derived from the Italian word “broccolo” meaning “the flowering top of a cabbage.”
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Broccoli’s name is derived from the Italian word “broccolo” meaning “the flowering top of a cabbage.”
The “Roi Carotte (King Carrot)” is an opera by Jacques Offenbach, and was first performed in 1872.
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The “Roi Carotte (King Carrot)” is an opera by Jacques Offenbach, and was first performed in 1872.
Consuming blueberries on a regular basis may help prevent heart disease, improve brain health and help moderate blood sugar levels.
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Consuming blueberries on a regular basis may help prevent heart disease, improve brain health and help moderate blood sugar levels.
There are six types of lettuce: Crisphead, Romaine, Butter, Latin, Leaf and Stem.
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There are six types of lettuce: Crisphead, Romaine, Butter, Latin, Leaf and Stem.
The average American consume around 2 pounds of garlic per year.
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The average American consume around 2 pounds of garlic per year.
Before the world went crazy for kale in 2013, Pizza Hut used to be the largest consumer of Kale. It was used as a garnish for its salad bars!
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Before the world went crazy for kale in 2013, Pizza Hut used to be the largest consumer of Kale. It was used as a garnish for its salad bars!
Fuji apples are medium to large. They have a thick skin, which is light red with a yellow blush, and is often times lined with red vertical stripes.
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Fuji apples are medium to large. They have a thick skin, which is light red with a yellow blush, and is often times lined with red vertical stripes.
Cauliflower belongs to the group of cruciferous vegetable. It’s closely related to broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage.
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Cauliflower belongs to the group of cruciferous vegetable. It’s closely related to broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage.
Blackberries, like most berries, are extremely high in antioxidants, fiber and a variety of other health promoting nutrients.
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Blackberries, like most berries, are extremely high in antioxidants, fiber and a variety of other health promoting nutrients.
Grapefruits originated in Barbados, and are an accidently cross between a sweet orange and a pomelo.
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Grapefruits originated in Barbados, and are an accidently cross between a sweet orange and a pomelo.
People used to believe (falsely) that eating parsnips could relieve a toothache or tired feet.
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People used to believe (falsely) that eating parsnips could relieve a toothache or tired feet.
Most kiwi is grown in Italy, New Zealand and Chile.
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Most kiwi is grown in Italy, New Zealand and Chile.
This tall leafy vegetable is part of the goosefoot family – aptly named because the leaves resemble a goose’s foot.
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This tall leafy vegetable is part of the goosefoot family – aptly named because the leaves resemble a goose’s foot.
Most sugar snap peas are stingless, meaning they lack the string that runs along the side that must be removed prior to eating.
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Most sugar snap peas are stingless, meaning they lack the string that runs along the side that must be removed prior to eating.
Because sweet onions are high in water and sugar content, they require more care when storing, so treat them gently to avoid bruising.
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Because sweet onions are high in water and sugar content, they require more care when storing, so treat them gently to avoid bruising.
Native American used pumpkins as a way to make it through long cold winters. They used the sweet flesh in numerous ways: roasted, baked, parched, boiled and dried.
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Native American used pumpkins as a way to make it through long cold winters. They used the sweet flesh in numerous ways: roasted, baked, parched, boiled and dried.
To maintain their high quality, refrigerate Portobello mushrooms as soon as you get them home. Store them in paper bags or paper towels, never in plastic, because it will retain too much moisture.
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To maintain their high quality, refrigerate Portobello mushrooms as soon as you get them home. Store them in paper bags or paper towels, never in plastic, because it will retain too much moisture.
Avocados contain four grams of protein, making them the fruit with the highest protein content!
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Avocados contain four grams of protein, making them the fruit with the highest protein content!
When harvested, the entirety of the plant is edible, from the tips of its leaves down to its long pointed root.
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When harvested, the entirety of the plant is edible, from the tips of its leaves down to its long pointed root.
Did you know, there is no need to put Sweet Potatoes in the fridge? Simply store them in a basket until ready to eat.
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Did you know, there is no need to put Sweet Potatoes in the fridge? Simply store them in a basket until ready to eat.
Caramel apples were invented in the 1950s by Dan Walker, a sales representative for Kraft Foods.
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Caramel apples were invented in the 1950s by Dan Walker, a sales representative for Kraft Foods.

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Produce Challenge FAQs

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.

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 e-newsletter 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. 

Which fruits and veggies are new for you this month? What’s your favorite fruit or veggie on the calendar? Let us know in the comments below! 

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