Revealed: Fresh Fruit


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Fresh Fruit Revealed

Fruit never looked so good -- you can almost taste it!  Sure makes you want to visit your local Farmer’s Market.  Were you able to find the new locations for each fruit despite some background color and label changes?

The names of each fruit are listed below in the order you will find them on the completed jigsaw puzzle (left to right and top to bottom).  Some fun facts are included as well.  Now, go eat some fruit!

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  1. Banana: Classified as a berry! One of the most popular fruits.  They can float in water.  Contain potassium and are high in carbs and sugar.
  1. Cherry: Fruit production starts 3 to 4 years after planting – with maturity after 7 years.  Traverse City MI is known as the Cherry Capital of the World with more than 30,000 acres of cherry trees!
  1. Kiwi: Contain as much potassium as bananas and high amount of Vitamin C (more than oranges).  Classified as a berry, grown on woody vines.
  1. Pear: The Bartlett is the most popular variety in the United States – but there are over 3,000 varieties.  Grown on a tree and always picked by hand.
  1. Plum: This fruit grows on trees or shrubs – closely related to peaches and cherries.  Dried plums are prunes.
  1. Mango: A stone fruit produced from tropical trees which can grow up to 100 feet.  First grown in India, related to cashews and pistachios.
  1. Fresh Fruit square cut design that reminds us of a Farmer’s market.
  1. Pomegranate: The word pomegranate means apple with many seeds.  Classified as a super fruit because it is high in antioxidants.  There is no consensus on how many seeds they have – some believe exactly 613.
  1. Elderberry: Grown on a flowering plant. The seeds, leaves and roots are all poisonous to humans.  Cooking elderberries releases the toxin making them safe to eat. 

  2. Watermelon: Trailing vine-like plant. It contains mostly water (92%!) and when you bite into it you understand how it got its name!  There are more than 1,000 varieties.
  1. Blueberry: Perennial flowering plant/bush with blue or purple berries. They contain anthocyanin – that gives them their naturally blue color and health benefits.
  1. Strawberry: The only fruit that has their seeds on the outside – average berry is believed to have some 200 seeds. Most popular berry in United States.
  1. Carambola (star fruit): High in fiber and vitamin C, and low calories. People with kidney problems should avoid eating because it has a neurotoxin that healthy kidneys need to filter out of the body.
  1. Pineapple: Indigenous to South America, you can plant pineapple leaves to grow a new plan. 75% of world’s pineapple comes from Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. Pineapples actually ripen faster upside down.
  1. Gooseberry: Fruit is grown on a flowering shrub. In the currant family, but larger fruits that grow individually along the stem.  Unlike currants which are tart, gooseberries range from sweet to mildly tart.
  1. Lime: A citrus fruit grown on a small evergreen tree (i.e., leaves stay green no matter the season) that usually grows to the height of 20 feet. Can you name three different kinds of limes?  (Answer: Persian lime, Key lime. Kaffir lime)
  1. Apricot: Stone fruit. Did you know that California produces about 85% of apricots in the US?
  1. Eggplant: It is a berry by botanical definition, however typically used as a vegetable in cooking! Related to tomatoes, they are both part of the nightshade family.
  1. Apple: Apples are one of America’s favorite fresh fruits, second only to bananas (according to 2018 USDA data). If you include apples consumed in apple juice – consumption would be higher than bananas.  Did you know that apples are 25% air which is why they float in water?
  1. Papaya: There are two major varieties – one red or orange flesh, the other yellow. Image shows Hawaiian Sunrise papaya, most people eat the sweet flesh, but you can also eat the seeds which taste like black pepper.
  1. Cantaloupe: Grow on a trailing vine. Normally eaten as a fresh fruit, salad or dessert (with ice cream-yum! or custard).  Did you know the seeds are edible – dried and used as a snack!
  1. Grapes: Grow on a deciduous woody vine, classified as either table or wine grapes. Table grapes tend to be larger, seedless fruit with relatively thin skin. Wine grapes tend to be smaller, usually seeded, thick skins (desirable as aroma in wine comes from the skin) – very sweet.

  2. Persimmon Tomato: Golden fruit, the color of an egg yolk. Heirloom tomato that is resistant to cracking, has smaller seed cavities, short growing season, weighs between 1-2 pounds and has great flavor. The most popular fruit in the world would be tomatoes (China top producer in the world; California top producer in U.S.).
  1. Orange: A citrus fruit, hybrid of pomelo and mandarin. Brazil produces the most oranges (17.1 million tons in 2019).  Florida produces 70% of the United States supply – used primarily in orange juice, America’s favorite juice.  The majority of California’s crop is sold as fresh fruit.
  1. Coconut: A coconut tree can produce coconuts for up to 80 years. The coconut tree is considered one of the most useful trees in the world as it provides food, fuel, cosmetics, folk medicine and building materials.
  1. Red Currant: Low growing, deciduous shrub native to Europe, generally grows 3 to 4.5 feet in height. Most commonly turned into sauces, jams, jellies and desserts. Yum!
  1. Lemon: A citrus fruit usually larger than limes, and grown on a similar evergreen tree, but reaches taller height (20 to 30 feet). The leaves odor will help you determine the type of tree.  Remove and crush the leaf – one smells like lemons and the other limes.

  2. Blackberry: Perennial plants, grown primarily in Oregon, Washington and California within the United States. Mexico is the leading producer in the world.
  1. Lychee: An evergreen tree bears this tropical fruit. It is a small (1.5 to 2 inches) rounded fruit with three layers:  the outside is pink-reddish color, rough and bumpy (inedible), inside is the sweet white flesh that is fragrant and sweet, and the center contains a large brown stone/seed.  China is the main producer.  Can be eaten on its own, but also used in salads, juices, smoothies and many desserts.
  1. Grapefruit: Grown on subtropical citrus tree that can take 6 to 13 months to produce fruit – can be white, pink or red. Grapefruit are hand-picked.

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