Ring in spring with delicious fruits and veggies! Join the March 2018 #ProduceChallenge. 

Are you ready for spring? Us too! This month’s Produce Challenge Calendar contains some of our favorite early spring fruits and veggies, plus year-round favorites. Join our weekly e-newsletter (subscribe in the section below) to receive recipes that’ll help you usher in spring. We’ll also be sharing lots of great produce tips and tricks this month too.

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March 2018 Produce Challenge Calendar

Hover your mouse over each item for a fun fact! 

Pummelos are covered with a thick, easy-to-peel rind that ranges in color from yellow to pink. The inside is sweet in flavor, and it can be enjoyed like a grapefruit.
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Pummelos are covered with a thick, easy-to-peel rind that ranges in color from yellow to pink. The inside is sweet in flavor, and it can be enjoyed like a grapefruit.
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.”
Heirloom tomatoes fall into 4 categories: family heirlooms, commercial heirlooms, mystery heirlooms and created heirlooms.
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Heirloom tomatoes fall into 4 categories: family heirlooms, commercial heirlooms, mystery heirlooms and created heirlooms.
Sweet onions taste so sweet because they contain less sulfur and thus less pungent than other onions, which allows you to taste the onion’s natural sweetness.
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Sweet onions taste so sweet because they contain less sulfur and thus less pungent than other onions, which allows you to taste the onion’s natural sweetness.
Bell peppers are packed with fiber, antioxidants and vitamin C.
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Bell peppers are packed with fiber, antioxidants and vitamin C.
Apricots have historically been used to treat all sorts of ailments, including indigestion, constipation, earaches, fever skin diseases, cancers and anemia.
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Apricots have historically been used to treat all sorts of ailments, including indigestion, constipation, earaches, fever skin diseases, cancers and anemia.
White onions are some what sweeter and “cleaner” in flavor than their yellow cousins.
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White onions are some what sweeter and “cleaner” in flavor than their yellow cousins.
Honey Crisp apples were developed by the University of Minnesota specifically for growers in cold climates, and it is one of the most cold-hardy apple varieties.
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Honey Crisp apples were developed by the University of Minnesota specifically for growers in cold climates, and it is one of the most cold-hardy apple varieties.
English Cucumbers are longer, thinner and generally sweeter than the regular, common cucumber
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English Cucumbers are longer, thinner and generally sweeter than the regular, common cucumber
Possible health benefits of ginger include relieving nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain.
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Possible health benefits of ginger include relieving nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain.
Today, there are over 600 varieties of strawberries!
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Today, there are over 600 varieties of strawberries!
Sometimes referred to as honeybees, tangelos are the size of an adult fist, have a tangerine taste and are juicy!
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Sometimes referred to as honeybees, tangelos are the size of an adult fist, have a tangerine taste and are juicy!
One fingerling potato has 110 calories and is and excellent source of potassium!
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One fingerling potato has 110 calories and is and excellent source of potassium!
In Australia and New Zealand, butternut squash is sometimes called a butternut pumpkin or gramma.
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In Australia and New Zealand, butternut squash is sometimes called a butternut pumpkin or gramma.
California produces 100% of the United States artichoke crop, with Castroville, California calling itself the “Artichoke Center of the World.”
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California produces 100% of the United States artichoke crop, with Castroville, California calling itself the “Artichoke Center of the World.”
The name “portabella” was popularized in the 1980s to sell as then unglamorous mushroom. But, both spellings, portabella and portobello are used.
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The name “portabella” was popularized in the 1980s to sell as then unglamorous mushroom. But, both spellings, portabella and portobello are used.
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.
Rutabagas have been used to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
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Rutabagas have been used to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
The Jonagold apples has a balanced blend of both its parents’ flavors offering the sweet-tart found in the Johnathan and the aromatic honey like scent of the Golden Delicious.
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The Jonagold apples has a balanced blend of both its parents’ flavors offering the sweet-tart found in the Johnathan and the aromatic honey like scent of the Golden Delicious.
Recent archaeological researching produced evidence that the avocado was present in Peru as long as 8,000 to 15,000 years ago.
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Recent archaeological researching produced evidence that the avocado was present in Peru as long as 8,000 to 15,000 years ago.
The Jalapeño is classified as mild to moderately spicy, with a Scoville heat unit range of 2,500 to 8,000.
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The Jalapeño is classified as mild to moderately spicy, with a Scoville heat unit range of 2,500 to 8,000.
Yukon Golds are known for their thin, smooth eye-free skin and yellow-fingered flesh.
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Yukon Golds are known for their thin, smooth eye-free skin and yellow-fingered flesh.
Carrots are a domesticated form of the wild carrot, native to Europe and southwestern Asia.
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Carrots are a domesticated form of the wild carrot, native to Europe and southwestern Asia.
Blueberries are the fruit of a shrub that belong to a plant family whose other members include the cranberry and bilberry as well as the azalea and rhododendron.
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Blueberries are the fruit of a shrub that belong to a plant family whose other members include the cranberry and bilberry as well as the azalea and rhododendron.
Spinach is a cool season crop and belongs to the goose foot family along with Swiss Chard and beets.
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Spinach is a cool season crop and belongs to the goose foot family along with Swiss Chard and beets.
Parsley belongs to the carrot family and gets its name from its likely place of origin.
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Parsley belongs to the carrot family and gets its name from its likely place of origin.
Iceberg Lettuce provides dietary fibers, vitamins A, B9 and C and minerals such as calcium, iron and copper.
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Iceberg Lettuce provides dietary fibers, vitamins A, B9 and C and minerals such as calcium, iron and copper.
Colored Cauliflower is viable in green, purple and orange varieties. Though it looks different than white cauliflower, the taste is just the same: mild, sweet and nutty.
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Colored Cauliflower is viable in green, purple and orange varieties. Though it looks different than white cauliflower, the taste is just the same: mild, sweet and nutty.
Sweet potatoes are high in Beta Carotene and vitamins E and C.
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Sweet potatoes are high in Beta Carotene and vitamins E and C.
Oranges originated around 4000 BC in southeast Asia, where they later spread to India.
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Oranges originated around 4000 BC in southeast Asia, where they later spread to India.

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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 located above. 

Which fruit or veggie are you most looking forward to trying in March? Do you have a favorite spring recipe? Tell us in the comments below. 

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