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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.
April 5, 2004 BY Dole Nutrition Institute

Have a Healthy Easter

As holidays have evolved from religious occasions to heavily-commercialized opportunities for excessive consumption, they contribute to rising rates of childhood obesity, not so much by serving as perennial pig-outs for kids (think Halloween bags, Christmas stockings and Easter baskets) but rather by cementing the association in their young minds between celebration and stuffing themselves silly with sugar-loaded, fat-laden, high-calorie foods.

Maybe these once-in-a-while indulgences won’t matter so much when they’re young and their furnace-like little metabolisms can make quick work of the typical 2,000-calorie Easter basket and its 100 grams of fat. But when those marshmallow bunnies and cream-filled candy eggs are but a faint, fond memory, the childhood-formed habit of marking special occasions by making pigs of themselves may encumber their adult efforts to maintain a healthy weight.

Spring is a wonderful time to turn over new leaves — so why not start a new tradition by making this Easter a healthy one? Here are some ideas.

Try substituting healthy treats: The idea isn’t to banish all candy — making it into the forbidden fruit may only set kids up to eat more of it later.Rather, try a balance of healthier candies (such as dark chocolate instead of milk, or pastel candy-coated almonds instead of jelly beans) along with fruit and veggie snacks.

Easter can be a great time to introduce your children to bright-colored exotic fruits that fit right in their baskets like kumquats, star fruit, egg-shaped kiwis and those super-cute doll-sized pears.Add a mini-pack of carrots and a DOLE® fruit bowl.Or buy hollow plastic eggs that can be filled with healthy munchies like peanuts and raisins.

Incorporate more nonfood treats: What little bunny wouldn’t love to wake up to a basket filled with scratch-and-sniff stickers, stuffed animals, floppy-eared slippers, a Yoga Kids video, jump rope, crayons, lip gloss or gardening seeds?

Here’s a fabulous site with non-candy basket fillers such as Easter bunny bubble bottles, spring whimsy kaleidoscopes and plastic duck whistles.

Celebrate with activity: Easter — or Passover — provides a perfect opportunity to make healthful, outdoor family fun a big part of what makes holidays “happy.” Prepare an Easter “treasure” hunt that includes some of the prizes and nutritious items listed above.Go for a long family bike ride, hike or field trip to pick strawberries.Introduce your children to a real, live Peter Cottontail by taking them to a petting zoo.Fun, activity-filled holidays will help raise healthy grandkids too: When your own children grow up they’ll be likely to repeat traditions that bring back warm memories.

Every year a new theme: Just because it’s Easter doesn’t mean you’ve got to go with the same old, tired pastel bunny-and-eggs routine.Why not surprise the little chick in your life with a new theme basket each year.For toddlers try an alphabet basket or nursery rhyme basket.For little green thumbs give a gardening basket complete with kid-sized gloves and small hand tools.Or how about a healthy cooking basket made from your own hand-picked ingredients, like a child-sized apron and chef’s hat, plus Easter-ish cookbooks, like this Totally Carrots Cookbook..