We all know that we're supposed to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, but who knew how much fun you could have unearthing veggie trivia? Believe it or not, the folks from the Produce Marketing Association have produced - so to speak - a fun, interactive website at www.aboutproduce.com.
Go to the "Produce A-Z" page, and select your search criteria. Looking for a vegetable that's a good source of fiber and that will reduce your risk of high blood pressure, that's available in November and December? With one click, you'll find that artichokes, string beans, Brussels sprouts, carrots, dandelion greens, potatoes and sweet potatoes fit the bill. If you're not an artichoke connoisseur, simply click on the word, and a page will reveal everything from the nutritional facts about artichokes, selection and cooking instructions, recipes, and even "fun facts." We bet you didn't know that, in 1948, Marilyn Monroe was selected as the first California Artichoke Queen.
A virtually unlimited source of information about fruits, vegetables, herbs and nuts, aboutproduce.com is a terrific - and sometimes entertaining - web reference. (Did you know that the Persians regarded the pomegranate as an amulet against evil, and Egyptians flavored festive beers with its juice? Didn't think so!)