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Pears are Perfection

Pears. As part of fruits and veggies month, Thrive! is featuring a few favorite fruits and veggies. A whopping 90 percent of adults and children don’t get enough fruits and veggies. So, add this one to your shopping list this week! HISTORY OF PEARS Not many fruits have been called a “gift of the gods,” but according to the famous poet, Homer, that is just what a pear is. Throughout the Greek and Roman culture, this fruit has been as a valuable and versatile fruit. They have also been subjects of many famous artists throughout history, whether in a painting or the famous…

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Quince – Fulfilling Fall Fruit

Quince. As part of fruits and veggies month, Thrive! is featuring a few favorite fruits and veggies. A whopping 90 percent of adults and children don’t get enough fruits and veggies. So, add this one to your shopping list this week! HISTORY OF QUINCE The quince is one of the oldest fruits. Its beauty and sweet taste tempted many in myths and religions. The quince is often associated with the Greek goddess, Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. Many believe that the golden apple that Paris gives Aphrodite in the myth is not an apple at all, but a quince. The quince…

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Perfect Pomegranates

Pomegranates. As part of fruits and veggies month, Thrive! is featuring a few favorite fruits and veggies. A whopping 90 percent of adults and children don’t get enough fruits and veggies. So, add this one to your shopping list this week! HISTORY The pomegranate can be traced far back into time. It is named in numerous ancient texts, such as the Quran and the Torah, and the pomegranate originated in Persia (Iran today). The pomegranate continues to sweep across the continent and could even be found along the Silk Road, one of the richest trading routes in history. Pomegranates were extremely valuable in…

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Cherries: Sweet and Savory

Cherries. As part of fruits and veggies month, Thrive! is featuring a few favorite fruits and veggies. A whopping 90 percent of adults and children don’t get enough fruits and veggies. So, add this one to your shopping list this week! HISTORY OF CHERRIES Cherries were once prized fruits, tasty enough to make it to the finest meals. They were featured at Roman conquerors’ meals and fancied by the Chineses noblemen. They were soon enjoyed by the common man when they were brought over to America in the 1600s. However, it wasn’t until the French colonists brought cherry pits over to America did…

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Papaya – One of the World’s Healthiest Foods

Papayas! As part of fruits and veggies month, Thrive! is featuring a few favorite fruits and veggies. A whopping 90 percent of adults and children don’t get enough fruits and veggies. So, add this one to your shopping list this week! Papaya is a delicious, juicy fruit, known for its uniquely sweet flavor and its vibrant sunset colors that encapsulate the tropical, warm places it grows in. HISTORY Papaya is one of the many fruits that is not originally from the many places we find it. It's largely a part of the culture of these places as a result of natural migration,…

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Olives fruits and veggies month

Oh My! Olives!

Olives! As part of fruits and veggies month, Thrive! is featuring a few favorite fruits and veggies. A whopping 90 percent of adults and children don’t get enough fruits and veggies. So, add this one to your shopping list this week! The fruit of the olea europaea has been gracing Mediterranean food, from pastas to pizzas to breads and martinis for centuries, but you probably know this fruit better as the olive. This small fruit is famous the world over, and for good reason. HISTORY The olive tree, to the best of our knowledge, was probably developed somewhere around Turkey and Syria,…

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Plums are not just for Pudding at Christmas

140+ varieties of this "drupe" fruit are sold in the US As part of fruits and veggies month, Thrive! is featuring fruit and veggies each week. This week and the final fruit being featured are plums. A whopping 90 percent of adults and children don't get enough fruits and veggies, so add this one to your shopping list this week! HISTORY Plums are one of the first domesticated fruits in central Asia and Europe. Plums are not as old as the figs,dates, and olives of Mesopotamia but they do go back far. Plum remnants were found at Bronze Age sites in Switzerland, Hungary and…

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Blueberries – 100 Years of Deliciousness

As part of fruits and veggies month, Thrive! is featuring fruit and veggies each week. This week the fruit is blueberries, my absolute favorite fruit out there. A whopping ninety percent of adults and children don't get enough fruits and veggies, so add this one to your shopping list this week! HISTORY Blueberries are native to North America, even though they still do have botanical relatives around the world. For thousands of years blueberries have been harvested by Native North American tribes, who used the plant as both food and medicine. For a while blueberries were unsuccessful at cultivation until…

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It’s Fruits & Veggies Month – Enjoy a Colorful, Crunchy, Healthful June

It’s June. We are off to a delicious beginning to the summer. And we are celebrating Fresh Fruits & Veggies! June is Fresh Fruits and Veggies Month! The Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP) is an initiative brought on by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) created to directly combat childhood obesity. The program has been wildly successful across the country. Schoolchildren in the U.S. have been able to sample a variety of fruits and vegetables in their schools with the purpose of helping to educate and inform children and their families about eating healthy, the variety of fruits…

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Watermelon – The Ultimate Relief for Summer Sizzle

  Citrullus lanatus, or for those of us that don't speak plant names, Watermelon. This delicious fruit has been labeled one of the world's healthiest foods, next to tomatoes and avocados. This month is Fruits & Veggies Month and today, we celebrate one of our summer favorites, the watermelon. HISTORY The origins of watermelon have been dated back to the deserts of southern Africa, where it still grows today. The watermelon was once used for its ability to store water for tribes crossing the Kalahari. The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred about five thousand years ago in Egypt and is…

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