Vegetables

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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Eggplants: The Most Misunderstood Nightshade

Eggplants. 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 Eggplants are one of the fruits most commonly mistaken as a vegetable and have been documented as a part of the world’s agricultural landscape since early BCE. Originally reported in China and India, there is speculation that the eggplants earliest uses were medicinal rather than for food. Eggplants grow from the nightshade plant and were originally thought to be poisonous because…

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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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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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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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Great Grains – Corn to the Rescue

As part of fruits and veggies month, Thrive! is featuring fruit and veggies each week. This week the veggie is corn, a surprisingly sweet treat and packed with nutrients. 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 Corn, or maize, is a grass native to Central and South America. It was most likely first cultivated in Mexico dating back to 5500 BC. Cultivation of the grain then spread North to New Mexico and South to Peru. Eventually, corn became an important staple food…

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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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Zucchini – Vegetable of the Week

To celebrate June as National Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Month, Thrive!, alongside the USDA, is promoting fresh fruits and vegetables. Ninety percent of adults and children don’t include enough fruits or vegetables in their diet. We also need to get more fruits and vegetables into meeting menus outside of the standard crudité. The first vegetable we're going to highlight this month is Zucchini. HISTORY The origin of the zucchini is not entirely clear. It was not widely eaten in Europe before the twentieth century and some sources say it was developed from the squash. Squash have been cultivated in Central America for more than…

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