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If you Drupelet, Pick it up!

Quite like the Strawberry, the Blackberry is not considered a “real berry,” it’s actually an aggregate fruit! That means the Blackberry is composed of a bunch of different tiny fruits, which combine to make one delicious flavor!

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What's in a Name?

The true meaning of the name “Strawberry,” is somewhat contested by historians. Popular folklore relates that children used sell their berries at the market, and to make trading easier, they would string them together with threads of straw, hence Straw-Berry!

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Brilliant Berries

When you are walking through the fresh produce aisle at your local grocery store, it might be helpful to have a few tried-and-true tips up your sleeve to ensure that the delicious DOLE® Berries you bring home to your family (or keep all to yourself!) are as fresh and mouthwatering as possible!

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Founded in Hawaii in 1851, Dole Food Company, Inc., with 2010 revenues of $6.9 billion, is the world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Dole markets a growing line of packaged and frozen foods, and is a produce industry leader in nutrition education and research. The Company does business in more than 90 countries and employs, on average, 36,000 full-time, regular employees and 23,000 full-time seasonal or temporary employees, worldwide.
December 15, 2003 BY Dole Nutrition Institute

A Very Veggie Christmas

December 15, 2003

If the holidays hold more opportunities to fall down on our food choices, they also hold more opportunities to be good: gorgeous platters of crudites, colorful vegetables cooked in delicious new ways, the fresh pick of fruit baskets, seasonal berries — not to mention lots of fun winter activities that can burn calories when the cold sets in.

Holiday foods that pack a health punch include:

Pumpkin: A ½ cup serving provides 3 ½ times the RDA of vitamin A and 3 ½ grams of fiber for only 41 calories.

Sweet potatoes: Ounce for ounce they deliver as much beta-carotene as carrots. Plus they’re potassium-rich and high in vitamin C.

Brussels Sprouts: To get 80% of your RDA of vitamin C (per 1/2 cup) try this combination of sprouts with green grapes and white wine (click here)

Baked apples: Hold the pie — baked apples are only 102 calories per serving compared with 400 calories for a slice of apple pie. Not only are apples a good source of vitamin C, but they also have soluble fiber called pectin which helps lower blood cholesterol.

With such a cornucopia of vegetables and fruits at the ready, it’s a great time to up your intake to at least 5 to 9 servings a day. Want to try? Click here to take the Holiday Challenge.

For more help in meeting your goals, Mayo Clinic offers wonderful vegetarian menu ideas. Whether you’re a vegan or simply looking to reduce the amount of meat in your holiday meals, this site offers substitutions, recipes and health information about the plant-based diet.

Vegetarian Alternatives for Holidays