Try a different fruit or veggie every day in December!

Happy December, everyone! We invite you to join The Produce Moms community by taking the December 2017 Produce Challenge and trying a different fruit or vegetable every single day this month. 

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Navel oranges are one of the healthiest fruits, filled with Vitamin C, fiber and potassium…they are also low in calories.
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Navel oranges are one of the healthiest fruits, filled with Vitamin C, fiber and potassium…they are also low in calories.
Bartlett pears are the most popular variety of European pear, known scientifically as Pyrus communis.
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Bartlett pears are the most popular variety of European pear, known scientifically as Pyrus communis.
Plantains, like bananas, start out very firm and ripe and slowly turn yellow and then brown. Plantains are ready to eat when they are fully brown.
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Plantains, like bananas, start out very firm and ripe and slowly turn yellow and then brown. Plantains are ready to eat when they are fully brown.
Rockit™ Apples are washed and packed into recyclable tubes. They’re a safe, healthy snack, and they are ready-to-eat straight from the tube!
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Rockit™ Apples are washed and packed into recyclable tubes. They’re a safe, healthy snack, and they are ready-to-eat straight from the tube!
DYK…Figs are harvested according to nature's clock, fully ripened and partially dried on the tree?
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DYK…Figs are harvested according to nature's clock, fully ripened and partially dried on the tree?
California produces 99% of the dates in the United States.
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California produces 99% of the dates in the United States.
The word “raspberry” seems to come from the Old French raspise, a term meaning “sweet rose-colored wine.”
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The word “raspberry” seems to come from the Old French raspise, a term meaning “sweet rose-colored wine.”
Passion fruit seeds are crunchy and edible, but the membrane that separates the seeds from the peel is very tart. You may want to sprinkle sugar on the membrane before eating it.
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Passion fruit seeds are crunchy and edible, but the membrane that separates the seeds from the peel is very tart. You may want to sprinkle sugar on the membrane before eating it.
Clementines have been called the crown jewel of the citrus world. These tiny oranges are used in everything from salads and sauces to preserves.
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Clementines have been called the crown jewel of the citrus world. These tiny oranges are used in everything from salads and sauces to preserves.
Collard greens are also known as "non-heading cabbage" or "tree-cabbage" due to the cabbage-like leaves that resemble a crown on top of the stem.
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Collard greens are also known as "non-heading cabbage" or "tree-cabbage" due to the cabbage-like leaves that resemble a crown on top of the stem.
Granny Smith apples originated in Australia in 1868 when Maria Ann (Granny) Smith found a seedling growing by a creek on her property.
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Granny Smith apples originated in Australia in 1868 when Maria Ann (Granny) Smith found a seedling growing by a creek on her property.
DYK…All lettuce types except for Iceberg occur in red and green leaf form?
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DYK…All lettuce types except for Iceberg occur in red and green leaf form?
Portobellos are large cremini-like mushrooms that are sometimes the size of a regular hamburger!
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Portobellos are large cremini-like mushrooms that are sometimes the size of a regular hamburger!
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.
Radishes are related to kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and horseradish!
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Radishes are related to kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and horseradish!
Walnuts are the oldest tree food known to man, dating back to 7000 B.C.
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Walnuts are the oldest tree food known to man, dating back to 7000 B.C.
Carrots are jammed with a wealth of nutrients, and medium-sized sticks are only 25 calories. Standard orange carrots contain vitamin A, and the other hued carrots are equally as healthy. They contain things like Anthocyanin, Lycopene and Lutein.
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Carrots are jammed with a wealth of nutrients, and medium-sized sticks are only 25 calories. Standard orange carrots contain vitamin A, and the other hued carrots are equally as healthy. They contain things like Anthocyanin, Lycopene and Lutein.
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.
Broccolini is a natural cross between broccoli and gai lan, also known as Chinese broccoli.
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Broccolini is a natural cross between broccoli and gai lan, also known as Chinese broccoli.
The beet and its greens are both an excellent source of folate, vitamin A and K, and they are a very good source of manganese, copper, and potassium.
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The beet and its greens are both an excellent source of folate, vitamin A and K, and they are a very good source of manganese, copper, and potassium.
Yellow cherry tomatoes are slightly less acidic than red varieties and are somewhat milder and sweeter in flavor.
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Yellow cherry tomatoes are slightly less acidic than red varieties and are somewhat milder and sweeter in flavor.
Sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber when eaten with the skin on.
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Sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber when eaten with the skin on.
The snow pea along with sugar and snap peas are part of a group of peas botanically known as Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon.
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The snow pea along with sugar and snap peas are part of a group of peas botanically known as Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon.
The cranberry is one of only a handful of major fruits native to North America.
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The cranberry is one of only a handful of major fruits native to North America.
The size of chestnut depends on the species. They can grow in the form of bush or tree.
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The size of chestnut depends on the species. They can grow in the form of bush or tree.
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.”
These are the red relatives of Green Anjou pears, the only true difference being the color of the fruit's skin.
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These are the red relatives of Green Anjou pears, the only true difference being the color of the fruit's skin.
Cabbages are an excellent source of fiber and vitamin K, and a good source of vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
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Cabbages are an excellent source of fiber and vitamin K, and a good source of vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
Celery was first mentioned in English in 1664 by the diarist John Evelyn, who spelled it “sellery”.
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Celery was first mentioned in English in 1664 by the diarist John Evelyn, who spelled it “sellery”.
Because sweet onions are high in water and sugar content they require more care when storing, so treat them gently to avoid bruising. Store away from potatoes because they'll absorb water.
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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. Store away from potatoes because they'll absorb water.
DYK…Grapes do not ripen off the vine?
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DYK…Grapes do not ripen off the vine?

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 fruit or veggie are you most excited to try this month? Let us know in the comments below! 

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