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June is National Fruit and Vegetable Month

Posted 9 months ago by April S

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Did you know June is National Fruit and Vegetable Month?

Here are a few fun facts provided by Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County:

Apples can be traced back to the Romans and Egyptians who in turn introduced them to Britain, which later led to the pilgrims planting the first apple trees in North America in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Currently, there are about 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States and Americans eat about 120 apples apiece each year. They provide a good source of fiber and vitamin C.

Broccoli has been around for more than 2,000 years and was first grown in Italy. Did you know Broccoli has as much calcium per ounce as milk? This hearty vegetable is also a good source of vitamin A, folate, iron, calcium and fiber.

Cabbage originated nearly 2,000 years ago in the Mediterranean region. There are at least 100 types of cabbage grown around the world. It’s cheap, widely used and rich in vitamin C.

Grapes are one of the oldest fruits to be grown and can be traced back to Biblical times. There are more than 50 varieties and are a good source of fiber, vitamin C and potassium.

Greens date back to ancient times and are believed to be descended from wild cabbage, which originated in the Mediterranean region and Asia Minor. There are many varieties of greens, but the ones available in the majority of supermarkets include collard, mustard, kale, swiss chard and broccoli rabe. They provide a good source of vitamins A & C.

Potatoes were first grown in South America over 7,000 years ago. There are thousands of varieties of potatoes, which provide a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamin C.

Strawberries date back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. There are more than 70 varieties of strawberries and are a good source of vitamin C, potassium and fiber.

Sweet Potatoes originated in the tropical Americas as least 5,000 years ago and provide a good source of vitamins A & C, calcium, potassium and fiber.


Let's celebrate this great month by exploring fun and creative ways to get more fruits and veggies into our diets ...

Growing Fruits and Vegetables (Books and eBooks)

Indoor kitchen gardening : turn your home into a year-round vegetable garden: microgreens - sprouts - herbs - mushrooms - tomatoes, peppers & more / Elizabeth MillardIndoor Kitchen Gardening: Turn Your Home Into a Year-Round Vegetable Garden by Elizabeth Millard

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In Indoor Kitchen Gardening, author Elizabeth Millard teaches you how to grow microgreens, sprouts, herbs, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers and more— all inside your own home, where you won’t have to worry about season changes or weather conditions.
The Fruit gardener's bible : a complete guide to growing fruits and nuts in the home garden / Lewis Hill and Leonard PerryThe Fruit Gardener's Bible: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruits and Nuts in the Home Garden by Lewis Hill and Leonard Perry

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Grow your own organic fruits, berries, and nuts! The Fruit Gardener's Bible is the complete reference on planting, growing, caring for, and harvesting everything from strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries to orchard fruits like apples, pears, peaches, cherries, almonds, and walnuts. A perfect companion to the best-selling The Vegetable Gardener's Bible, The Fruit Gardener's Bible has all the information you need to successfully grow fruits and nuts at home.
High-yield vegetable gardening : grow more of what you want in the space you have / Colin McCrate and Brad HalmHigh-Yield Vegetable Gardening: Grow More of What You Want in the Space You Have by Colin McCrate and Brad Halm

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Offers tips and techniques for making a home garden of any size much more productive, offering planning guidelines and advice on all aspects of planting and growing in order to bring a garden to its fullest potential.
Storey's guide to growing organic orchard fruits : market or home production ; site & crop selection ; planting, care & harvesting ; business basics / Danny L BarneyStorey's Guide to Growing Organic Orchard Fruits: Market or Home Production ; Site & Crop Selection ; Planting, Care & Harvesting ; Business Basics by Danny L Barney

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An all-encompassing guide to successfully growing and marketing organic orchard fruits includes coverage of everything from maintaining and harvesting an orchard to meeting organic standards and acquiring certifications.

More Books on Growing Fruits and Vegetables

Edible spots & pots : small-space gardens for growing vegetables and herbs in containers, raised beds, and more / Stacey Hirvela The new vegetables, herbs & fruit : an illustrated encyclopedia / Matthew Biggs, Jekka McVicar and Bob Flowerdew The Timber Press guide to vegetable gardening in the Midwest / Michael VanderBrug The postage stamp vegetable garden : grow tons of organic vegetables in tiny spaces and containers / Karen Newcomb
Plants from pits : pots of plants for the whole family to enjoy / Holly Farrell Grow for flavor : [tips and tricks to supercharge the flavor of homegrown harvests] / James Wong ; photography by Jason Ingram ; illustrations by Tobatron The holistic orchard : tree fruits and berries the biological way / Michael Phillips Homegrown vegetables, fruits, and herbs : a bountiful, healthful garden for lean times / Jim Wilson ; photography by Walter Chandoha

Vegetable Cookbooks (Books and eBooks)

The Fresh & green table : delicious ideas for bringing vegetables into every meal / by Susie MiddletonThe Fresh and Green Table: Delicious Ideas for Bringing Vegetables Into Every Meal by Susie Middleton

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Provides seventy-five vegetable-based recipes for any season, including crispy red potato patties, savory bread pudding, and fragrant basmati rice pilaf.
Eat your vegetables : bold recipes for the single cook / Joe Yonan ; photography by Matt Armendariz & Adam PearsonEat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook by Joe Yonan

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Presents a collection of eighty vegetarian recipes designed for small portions, with advice on shopping, using extra ingredients, and storage.
Mr. Wilkinson's vegetables : a cookbook to celebrate the garden / Matt WilkinsonMr. Wilkinson's Vegetables: A Cookbook to Celebrate the Garden by Matt Wilkinson

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Provides recipes for more than eighty salads, main and side dishes, snacks, and desserts that emphasize vegetables, although not all of them are vegetarian.
The vegetable butcher : how to select, prep, slice, dice, and masterfully cook vegetables from artichokes to zucchini / Cara ManginiThe Vegetable Butcher: How to Select, Prep, Slice, Ddice, and Masterfully Cook Vegetables from Artichokes to Zucchini by Cara Mangini

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A guide that marries butchery with seasonal produce demystifies the world of vegetables, providing a complete vegetable education through recipes that celebrate the unique flavor of each vegetable.
The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook: 100 Delicious Heritage Recipes from the Farm and Garden by Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Sandy GluckThe Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook: 100 Delicious Heritage Recipes from the Farm and Garden by Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Sandy Gluck

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A collection of heirloom-vegetable recipes traces the history of the Beekman 1802 organic lifestyle brand while sharing seasonal recipes for such fare as tomato jam, salt-roasted new potatoes, and smoky broccoli rabe.

More Vegetable Cookbooks

Greens 24/7 : more than 100 quick, easy, and delicious recipes for eating leafy greens and other green vegetables at every meal / Jessica Nadel The broad fork : recipes for the wide world of vegetables and fruits / Hugh Acheson ; photographs by Rinne Allen V Is for vegetables : inspired recipes & techniques for home cooks: from artichokes to zucchini / Michael Anthony with Dorothy Kalins, photographs by Maura McEvoy Verdure : vegetable recipes from the kitchen of the American Academy in Rome / by Christopher Boswell with Elena Goldblatt ; photography by Annie Schlechter
The complete leafy greens cookbook : 67 leafy greens and 250 recipes / Susan Sampson A girl and her greens : hearty meals from the garden / April Bloomfield with JJ Goode ; photographs by David Loftus ; illustrations by Sun Young Park Martha Stewart's vegetables : inspired recipes and tips for choosing, cooking, and enjoying the freshest seasonal flavors / from the editors of Martha Stewart Living ; photographs by Ngoc Minh Ngo and others Clean green eats : 100+ clean-eating recipes to improve your whole life / Candice Kumai
Salad love : 260 crunchy, savory, and filling meals you can make every day / David Bez ; photographs by David Bez Inspiralized : turn vegetables into healthy, creative, satisfying meals / Ali Maffucci ; photographs by Evan Sung Root-to-stalk cooking : the art of using the whole vegetable / Tara Duggan ; photography by Clay McLachlan Dandelion & quince : exploring the wide world of unusual vegetables, fruits, and herbs / Michelle McKenzie ; photographs by Rich Poon

Juices and Smoothies (Books and eBooks)

The green aisle's healthy smoothies and slushies : more than 75 healthy recipes to help you lose weight and get fit / Michelle SavageThe Green Aisle's Healthy Smoothies and Slushies: More Than 75 Healthy Recipes to Help You Lose Weight and Get Fit by Michelle Savage

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This book is full of beverages that are tasty, healthy, and easy to make—all you need is a blender. All featured ingredients are easily found in grocery stores, at farmers’ markets, or in specialty food stores.
The Women's Health big book of smoothies & soups : more than 100 blended recipes for boosted energy, brighter skin & better health / the editors of Women's Health ; with Lisa DeFazio, MS, RDThe Women's Health Big Book of Smoothies and Soups: More Than 100 Blended Recipes for Boosted Energy, Brighter Skin and Better Health from the Editors of Women's Health with Lisa DeFazio, MS, RD

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Collects one hundred recipes for soups and smoothies designed to cure a variety of ailments, including the de-stressing date smoothie, take my pulse smoothie, and adios, arthritis soup.
The ultimate juices and smoothies encyclopedia : your essential guide to healthy and delicious drinks / Jill HamiltonThe Ultimate Juices and Smoothies Encyclopedia: Your Essential Guide to Healthy and Delicious Drinks by Jill Hamilton

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This excellent guide to juices and smoothies is overflowing with recipes for remedies, cleansers, protein shakes and dessert options.
Simple green smoothies : 100+ tasty recipes to lose weight, gain energy, and feel great in your body / Jen Hansard & Jadah SellnerSimple Green Smoothies: 100+ Tasty Rrecipes to Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Feel Great in Your Body by Jen Hansard & Jadah Sellner

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Presents innovative green smoothies recipes that supply the health benefits of everything from boosting immunity to increasing energy, along with a ten-day green smoothie menu.
Zero belly smoothies / David ZinczenkoZero Belly Smoothies by David Zinczenko

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Provides more than one hundred recipes for fruit and vegetable smoothies designed to boost metabolism, improve digestion, and promote weight loss in a fourteen-day eating plan.

More Juices and Smoothies (Books)

Raw energy in a glass : 126 nutrition-packed smoothies, green drinks, and other satisfying raw beverages to boost your well-being / Stephanie Tourles Drink the harvest : making and preserving juices, wines, meads, teas, and ciders / Nan K. Chase, DeNeice C. Guest ; photographs by Johnny Autry Smoothies & juices : health and energy in a glass / introduction and in-depth articles, Maurizio Cusani ; photographs and recipes, Cinzia Trenchi Superjuicing : [more than 100 nutritious vegetable & fruit recipes] / Tonia Reinhard and John Reinhard
1000 juices, green drinks and smoothies / Deborah Gray The ultimate book of modern juicing : more than 200 fresh recipes to cleanse, cure, and keep you healthy / Mimi Kirk ; photographs by Mike Mendell The Juice generation : 100 recipes for fresh juices and superfood smoothies / Eric Helms with Amely Greeven ; foreword by Salma Hayek The Healthy green drink diet : advice and recipes for happy juicing / Jason Manheim ; photography by Leo Quijano II
Green smoothies for life / J.J. Smith 201 healthy smoothies & juices for kids : fresh, wholesome, no sugar-added drinks your child will love / Amy Roskelley, founder of SuperHealthyKids.com. ; with Nicole Cormier Superfood juices & smoothies : 100 delicious and mega-nutritious recipes from the world's most powerful superfoods / by Tina Leigh, C.H.H.C 201 organic smoothies & juices for a healthy pregnancy : nutrient-rich recipes for your pregnancy diet / Nicole Cormier, RD, LDN

More Juices and Smoothies (eBooks)

A Rainbow of Smoothie Bowls - 100 Wholesome and Vibrant Blended Creations by Leigh Weingus Green Smoothies for Kids - Teach Your Children to Enjoy Healthy Eating by Simone McGrath Superfood Juices, Smoothies & Drinks - Advice and Recipes to Lose Weight, Prevent Illness, and Improve Your Emotional and Physical Health by Jason Manheim 100 Best Smoothies & Juices - 100 Fresh and Nutritious Recipes to Keep You Feeling Healthy and Energized (various authors)
Juice Manifesto - More than 120 Flavor-Packed Juices, Smoothies and Healthful Meals for the Whole Family by Andrew Cooper The Big Book of Juicing - 150 of the Best Recipes for Fruit and Vegetable Juices, Green Smoothies, and Probiotic Drinks (various authors) Juice + Nourish - 100 Refreshing Juices and Smoothies to Promote Health, Energy, and Beauty by Rosemary Ferguson The Juice Bar - 80 Recipes to Boost Health by Sara Lewis

Articles Designed to Help You and Your Family Get More Fruits and Veggies into Your Diet

Tips To Help You Eat VegetablesChooseMyPlate.gov

How To Eat More Fruit and VegBBC Good Food

Easy Ways to Add Fruits and Veggies To Your DayFruits and Veggies More Matters

Your 31 Day Eat More Veggies PlanHealth.com

5 Ways to Sneak Veggies into Family MealsEating Well

Getting Kids to Eat Vegetables: Four Tried-and-True TipsWhat to Expect

Get Your Kids To Eat More Veggies the Easy Way! – Super Healthy Kids

How to Get Your Child to Eat More Fruits & VeggiesHealthyChildren.org

15 Tricks To Get Your Kids To Eat VegetablesEat This, Not That

20 Kid-Friendly VeggiesParents.com


Disclaimer: This blog provides information and materials for educational purposes only. Always consult a medical professional before starting a new diet or exercise plan.


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