It’s time for July seasonal foods! A new month with more fruits and vegetables in season! That means more fresh deliciousness to pick up at your local market. But instead of talking about their nutritional value…
Let’s look at some interesting facts about them!
Apricots – One apricot tree can produce fruit for 25 years and apricots are in the rose family.
- Blueberries – The annual harvest of blueberries would cover a four lane highway from Chicago to New York if spread out in a single layer.
- Cantaloupes – These melons get their name from an Italian papal village Cantalup, where it was first cultivated around 1700 A.D.
- Cherries – Cherries have been enjoyed by people since before the Stone Age, pits have been found in Stone Age caves throughout Europe. And it takes 250 cherries to make a pie!
- Corn – As well as being eaten on the cob, corn is also processed and used as a considerable component in many major foods items like cereals, peanut butter, potato chips, soups, marshmallows, ice cream, baby food, cooking oil, margarine, mayonnaise, salad dressing and chewing gum.
- Crenshaw Melons – One of the sweetest melons, the Crenshaw is a hybrid of the Casaba melon and the Persian melon; their parent melons are native to Turkey and Iran.
- Cucumbers – To avoid a hangover headache, eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed; the sugar, vitamins B and electrolytes will help to replenish the nutrients lost after enjoying a few.
More July seasonal foods fun facts…
- Figs – Three 2 ounce figs contain 5.5 grams of fiber. That’s more than in 1 cup of cooked oatmeal!
- Nectarines – Contrary to popular belief, nectarines are not a cross between plums and peaches, they are a type of peach without the fuzz. Over 95% of the nectarines produced are grown in California.
- Peaches – The phrase “you’re really a peach” comes from the tradition of giving a peach to a friend you like. Also, in China a peach is the symbol of longevity and good luck.
- Plums – When there was a labor shortage in California in 1905, a farmer used 500 monkeys to pick plums in groups of 50 with a human foreman. They did a great job picking, but they ate all the plums! (LOL!!)
- Strawberries – California annually produces 1 Billion pounds of strawberries! That is equal to the weight of 67,000 elephants!!
- Tomatoes – The largest tomato fight happens every year in the Spanish town of Buñol. The festival is called La Tomatina and involves about 40,000 people throwing 150,000 tomatoes at each other.
- Watermelons – Watermelons are a VEGETABLE! They are in the same family as cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
Yellow Squash – The word squash is the English translation of a Narragansett Indian word for “eaten raw” or “uncooked”.
- Zucchini – The world’s largest zucchini on record grew to 69-1/2 inches long and weighed 65 pounds!
What do you do with your July seasonal foods?
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Enjoy and Be Healthy!