Eating fruits and vegetables may seem like a chore for many children. However, there are lots of informative facts about the foods that can lead youngsters to incorporate more of them into their diets. Facts about fruit and vegetables' history, origins and benefits are just some of the ways to share information.
Origins and History
A focus on where fruits and vegetables come from and how they are part of history is one place to start with interesting facts. Explain to children that the white potato was first cultivated in the Andes Mountains in South America by the Aymara Indians. Describe how the kiwi fruit got its name from New Zealand's national bird, the Kiwi, because the fruit's brown fuzzy skin resembles the animal. Also point out that people have discovered more than 7,000 various types of apples throughout the world.
How a fruit or vegetable grows can highlight some interesting facts for kids. Let children know that strawberries are the only fruit to have its seeds grow on the outside of its skin, rather than on the inside. Tell them that banana plants have been known to grow more than an inch overnight and that a cucumber is actually a fruit, not a vegetable, because its seeds grow in its centre. Explain how the durian fruit of Southeast Asia lets you know it is ripe by giving off a strong stinky and unpleasant smell.
One reason to share facts about fruits and vegetables with youngsters is to encourage them to eat more of them. There are many facts about the foods' nutritional benefits, including that a fresh-picked apple is healthier than apple sauce, because fruits and vegetables are more nutritious when they're fresh. Let children know that eating oranges and other fruits with a lot of vitamin C will help their cuts heal faster. Tell youngsters how potatoes are more nutritious when prepared with their skin on, because that's where the vegetable keeps most of its vitamins. Share with them that eating garlic can help prevent the flu.
There are many miscellaneous facts in the world of fruits and vegetables. Tell children that pineapples are a berry, just like blueberries or strawberries. Point out that pumpkins are a fruit and that they get their name from a Greek work meaning "large melon. " Explain that people in the United States eat more tomatoes than any other fruit or vegetable, and that in France, tomatoes are often referred to as the "apple of love."