A is for Apples
There are more than 8,000 varieties of apples – the largest variety of fruit to exist in the world.
Apple trees take 4 to 5 years to produce their first fruit and apple trees can grow between 6 and 15 ft tall.
Apple trees can live for about 100 years.
FUN FACT: Apples can float in water because they are 25% air but apple seeds sink. Try it out at home.
B is for Bananas
Bananas are the most popular fruit in the world: in fact, over 100 billion bananas are eaten around the world every year and scientists believe they may have been the world’s first fruit.
They contain vitamin C, potassium, fibre and vitamin B6. Our body cannot produce vitamin B6, so it important to get it from food.
FUN FACT: If bananas are too green, place them in a brown paper bag overnight with an apple or tomato to help them ripen.
C is for Carrots
Carrots are the second most popular vegetable in the world after potatoes.
Carrots are usually orange in colour but there are also purple, red and yellow varieties. They contain lots of healthy vitamins such as vitamin A, K and C. Vitamin A is very important for overall health, especially eye health.
FUN FACT: Carrots have a higher natural sugar content than most vegetables which is why they taste so delicious in baked sweet treats.
D is for Dates
Often referred to as nature’s candy, dates are naturally sweet and chewy and can be eaten as a snack with nuts/seeds or added to sweet or savoury dishes for extra sweetness. They are high in natural sugars, but they are also packed with nutrients such as fibre, potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc, vitamin B6 and antioxidants.
FUN FACT: The stones of dates are used for making soap, cosmetics and hair products.
E is for Eggs
Eggs are an excellent source of protein and they also contain B vitamins, vitamin D and, in small amounts, almost every vitamin and mineral that the body needs.
Many of eggs’ nutrients are in the yolk whereas the egg white contains mostly protein. Make sure you eat the whole egg to benefit from its range of nutrients.
FUN FACT: To test if an egg is fresh, place it in cold water, if it sinks it’s fresh but if it floats to the top, it is not safe to eat.
F is for Fish
Did you know that there are over 30,000 different types of fish in the sea? Fish is an excellent source of protein, a very important nutrient for growth.
They also have, vitamins and minerals and a very beneficial fat called Omega 3. Omega 3 fatty acids contribute to healthy brain function and heart health, and as we can’t make Omega 3 in our bodies, we need to get it from food.
FUN FACT: Fish have been on the earth for more than 450 million years.