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A New-Old Captivating Culinary Class – Cauliflower

Cauliflower. 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 CAULIFLOWER Cauliflower originates from the Brassica oleracea family that also contains broccoli, brussel sprouts, Kale and several other. It is an ancient vegetable that has been around since the 12th or 13th century. Native to the Mediterranean and Asia Its first documented location was Cyprus. From there is was documented in Italy and Rome along with its sister vegetable broccoli.…

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pomegranates thrive! fruits and veggies month

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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Squash

Sit Down for Some Squash!

Squash! 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! Summer squash is known as Cucurbita by its scientific name. It's s a term that some scientists can’t agree on because of variations of its genus. There are between 10 and 30 species, and they’re probably all delicious enough to make it onto your menu. HISTORY Squash were cultivated as long as 10,000 years ago, and serve as an important vegetable…

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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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Cucumbers fruits and veggies month

Get Some Cucumbers!

Cucumbers! 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! How do you take your cucumis sativus? Personally, I prefer it in water and separately dipped in ranch, but there are a million ways to eat this simple, yet refreshing vegetable more commonly known to our dinner tables as the cucumber. HISTORY Cucumbers were first discovered by humans in India over 4,000 years ago. People who we may today call Indians,…

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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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green and white asparagus

Asparagus – One of the World’s Most Healthful Foods

As part of fruits and veggies month, Thrive! is featuring fruit and veggies each week. This week and the final vegetable being featured is asparagus. 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 Asparagus has been enjoyed all around the world for over a millennium. This spring/summer veggie was known to have been eaten by Ancient Egyptians as many as 20,000 years ago, and Rome’s first emperor, Augustus, employed an entire group of ships to transport huge shipments of it. Many people will tell you…

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Raw Organic Yellow Plumcots

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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Variety of whole and half multi colored beets

All About Beets

As part of fruits and veggies month, Thrive! is featuring fruit and veggies each week. This week the vegetable is beets - red, golden, Chioggia. 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 The beet comes from the wild sea beet, native to the Mediterranean and parts of the European and North African Atlantic coast. Only the leaves of the sea beet were eaten. The scientific name for the beet is beetroot or table beet also the sugar beet and the mangelwurzel. The…

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Blueberries (vaccinium corymbosum), in traditional wooden harvest baskets on a organic blueberry plantation.

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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