With Halloween and pumpkin carving fun upon us, many kids are asking if a pumpkin is a fruit or a vegetable. This question sometimes leaves parents stumped and wondering the same thing themselves. It grows on a vine so does that make it a vegetable? It has seeds, does that make it a fruit?
Botanists, the scientists who study plants, say that pumpkins are in fact not a vegetable but a fruit, interestingly a berry. They belong to the Cucurbitaceae family along with cucumbers, melons, squash and guards. The Cucurbita genus includes gourds, winter and summer squash and all the different varieties of pumpkin.
Pumpkins are native to North America and are grown commercially for food consumption as well as decoration and carving. They are a good source of nutrition. Pumpkins are low in calories, fat and sodium while being high in fiber and Vitamins A & B. Pumpkin seeds are nutritious as well being high in protein, iron and Vitamin B.
Edible Fruit was recently contacted by a reader with the following question:
What are good gift options to give your manager on Bosses Day? Does a fresh fruit bouquet serve as an adequate Bosses Day gift?
I work in an office that is comparable to NBC’s Dunder Mifflin on “The Office.” My boss is an eccentric, macrobiotic vegetarian. Despite his fixation with the history of the food he consumes and how it is cultivated, he has a heart of gold. I’d like to show my appreciation without sending the wrong signals or appearing like a brown noser among my colleagues. Do you have any tips or suggestions for a nice Bosses Day Gift?
October 16th, 2014 is National Bosses Day in the United States. It’s an opportunity for employees to show their appreciation to bosses for being kind and fair and to thank the boss for all he/she has to do to keep the business in operation.
Unless the team chips in for a bouquet of flowers, sending the boss an order of roses borders on the questionable intentions. Flowers tend to be a personal gift usually reserved for Mom, a significant other or a hospitalized associate. As a group gift flower bouquets are a normal stand-by idea.
Since you mentioned that your boss is a health nut, a great gift that ensures satisfaction is a fresh fruit bouquet. As you mentioned that your boss is picky about where the food he eats comes from, consider giving a fresh fruit bouquet comprised of organic fruit.
Foods with the USDA Organic label are at least 95% percent organic. We suggest you call around and try to find a local farmer or market that sells local organic fruit bouquets. If organic isn’t available locally then try Cherry Moon Farms or Harry and David who both offer organic options. Your boss is sure to appreciate such a kind gesture which has clearly been thought out.
A study was recently conducted by researchers at the University of Warwick which found that high and low mental wellbeing is consistently linked to an individual’s fruit and vegetable intake. The more fruit and vegetables a person consumes the lower the chance of having low mental health. The study findings indicate that eating fruits and vegetables not only benefits a person’s physical wellbeing but also their mental wellbeing.
We recently received the following question from an EdibleFruit.org reader:
Q: Each year, I send my mother-in-law a fruit bouquet. She is a serious fruit addict. I would like to up the ante but don’t think the ornately carved fruit arrangements are always necessary. She has limited mobility so she is unable to shop for herself making it difficult for her to get fresh fruits. Do any companies offer regular fruit shipments and how does it work?
Some edible fruit retailers do offer monthly fruit clubs, or fruit delivery services. These fruit clubs are a great option for fruit eaters who can’t make it out to purchase fruit on their own as well as other fruit lovers who appreciate the convenience of fruit being delivered right to the front door.
Below is a list of some of the monthly fruit club options available online:
Harry and David offers a Fruit of the Month Club with a variety of Club options to pick from. These options differ in the amount of fruit delivered as well as options which include cheeses and other delicious treats.
The Fruit Company has the Monthly HarvestClub Quartet, 4 different monthly fruit delivery options. These options range from traditional fruits to exotic fruits and even an organic fruit delivery option.
Cherry Moon Farms offers a Fruit of the Month Club with a number of different fruit club options. If you’d like one type of fruit, fruit and cheese or organic fruit, they’ve got you covered.
Golden State Fruit has a Fruit Every Month Club this program allows you to choose the fruit each month as well as which months you’d like it delivered.
We also suggest that you check with local orchards and farmers who might provide similar programs locally.
Each fruit company varies in how their monthly program works. Some offer 3, 6, and 12 month options which is good for trying out a club before making a big commitment. Be sure to visit each site to determine which program will work best for your needs.
August 28 is the annual celebration of National Cherry Turnover Day! Cherry turnovers are delicious pockets of portable cherry pie that can be enjoyed for breakfast or as a dessert later in the day.
Cherry turnovers are typically made by putting a gooey cherry filling on half a puff pastry, folding the puff pastry in half to seal the filling in and then baking it until golden brown. There are a number of variations in cherry turnover recipes and ingredients. You might just have to sample several different kinds to determine which you like best.
Below are some recipes so you can bake some of your own delicious cherry turnovers to enjoy on the 28th: