Although they get a bad reputation from stubborn children who’d prefer a helping of sweets, fruits and vegetables are not only delicious, but they’re important too! The harvest of fruits and vegetables is one of the biggest industries around the world, and they have many uses beyond consumption. For example, did you know that the starch found in corn is used in the manufacture of bioplastics? With a little research, you can learn many more interesting facts about the fruits and vegetables found in this Toob!
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Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins and minerals that keep the body healthy and strong. Nutrition experts recommend that half your plate consist of fruits and vegetables.
Oranges are juicy sour-sweet citrus fruits that provide Vitamin C and many other health benefits. A Florida symbol, oranges are the most valuable agricultural commodity of the state, which produces almost three-quarters of all oranges produced in the United States.
Bananas are the most popular fruit in the world, and they are grown year-round in tropical areas. Because bananas contain carbohydrates and potassium, they are favorites of athletes.
Apples are available in almost unending variety. There are over 2500 different types of apples, ranging in color from light yellow to dark red. Apples provide vitamin C and fiber, and their versatility allows them to be used for sauce, jelly, pie and many other delicious foods.
Pears are best known for being, well, pear-shaped. They originated in Europe and Asia, but today over 800 varieties of Pears are grown worldwide. Their sweet taste and firm texture make them favorites, and they provide fiber for healthy bodies.
Carrots are actually roots, and they are so hearty, they can be pulled even when there is snow on the ground. They aren't just orange either; in fact, carrots may also be white, yellow, and even purple. Carrots are rich in Vitamin A, which helps the body fight disease and keeps vision strong.
Broccoli originated in Italy and was valued by the Ancient Romans. Broccoli heads are actually unopened flowers, and the plant is rich in Vitamin C and other healthy minerals. The plant is a member of the cabbage family.
Corn is among the most versatile of all foods. It was originally domesticated over 4,000 years ago by the indigenous people of Central and South America. Corn was then taken back to Europe by the Spanish, and now it has spread all over the world because it grows well so many climates.
Artichokes are native to the Mediterranean. The distinctive vegetable is actually the young flower bud of a plant. The flowers become inedible once mature. Artichokes are loaded with healthy vitamins and minerals like fiber and folic acid.