Tag: fruit and veggies month

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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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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