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Fun Food Facts: Winter Fruits and Vegetables

Friday is finally here! And you know what that means…another round of interesting and bizarre food facts.  This week, we’re focusing on fruits and vegetables that are in-season. These foods are freshest this time of year, so hopefully these facts will give you all the more reason to stock up and enjoy them at their best.

For a totally fresh smoothie, sip on our Candied Cayenne Sweet Potato Smoothie.

Candied Cayenne Sweet Potato Smoothie Recipe by Green Blender

1) Brussel sprouts may be small, but this cruciferous vegetable packs in a nutritional punch. In fact, an 80g serving of sprouts contains four times more vitamin C than an orange.

2) For those of you that are unfamiliar with the cherimoya fruit,  it’s  native to South and Central America. This fruit is also known as ‘the tree of ice cream’ due to its creamy consistency and a blend of banana, mango, strawberry, coconut, papaya and pineapple flavors. Now, that is a fruit of indulgence!

3) Leeks were eaten by the Roman Emperor Nero, because he believed they improved his singing voice.

4) The sweet and delicious, Papaya fruit is referred to as “Papaw” or “Paw Paw” in Australia.  And we think that makes it sound even sweeter!

5) During the Civil War, some Southern families boiled, roasted, and ground persimmon seeds to produce a drink similar to coffee.

6) Pomelo is the largest type of citrus fruit belonging to the citrus family. In fact, a Pomelo tree can grow from 15 to 50 feet in height.

7) George Washington Carver developed 118 products from sweet potatoes including glue for postage stamps and starch for sizing cotton fabrics.
 Who knew sweet potatoes could be so versatile? Although sweet potato glue for postage stamps sounds intriguing, we think we like them best in our Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie.

8) Turnips Both our roots and leaves can be eaten. Our root has a strong flavour, but is milder and sweeter when we’re small and young

9) Tangerines have quite an interesting and expansive history. They have been cultivated for over three thousand years in countries like Japan and China.  But, the name “tangerine” originates from Tangier, Morocco which was the port from which the very first batch of the tangerine fruit were shipped from Tangier, Morocco in Southeast Asia to Europe.

10) Dates don’t just offer a great way to naturally sweeten smoothies, they are also highly nutritious and considered by many to be one of natures most perfect foods.

Enjoy these fruits and vegetables when you join the Green Blender Smoothie Club