January is Apples and Carrots Month!
Did you know…?
Apples, a member of the rose family, are the fruit of apple trees and are one of the most widely grown tree fruit. More than half of all apples grown in the United States for fresh eating come from orchards in Washington state. Washington apples are sold in all 50 states and more than 50 countries. Our state's growers successfully harvest a wide variety of apples including Red and Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Braeburn, Jonagold, Fuji, Gala and many others. Apple trees are not self pollinating needing bees to pollinate the flowers to form the fruit. Apples are a great source of fiber providing up to 20 percent of the daily fiber recommendation. Don't forget to eat the peel! Two-thirds of the fiber and many of the antioxidants are found in the apple peel.
The carrot is a root vegetable with the most commonly eaten part being the taproot.The carrot is usually orange in colour although purple, red, white, and yellow varieties also exist. Carrots can be traced back about 5,000 years through historical documents and paintings. No one knows exactly when the first carrots appeared, because many people mistook them for parsnips, a close relative of the carrot. The actual plant of a carrot (greens above ground) can grow up to 3 feet tall and blooms a bright white flower. Carrots are one of the best sources for Vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for the health of our vision (including our night vision) as well as our bones, teeth and skin.