Many hundreds of fruits, including fleshy fruits like apple, peach, pear, kiwifruit, watermelon and mango are commercially valuable as human food, eaten both fresh and as jams, marmalade and other preserves.
Fruits are also used in manufactured foods like cookies, muffins, yogurt, ice cream, cakes, and many more. Many fruits are used to make beverages, such as fruit juices (orange juice, apple juice, grape juice, etc.) or alcoholic beverages, such as wine or brandy. Apples are often used to make vinegar. Fruits are also used for gift giving, Fruit Basket and Fruit Bouquet are some common forms of fruit gifts.
Many vegetables are botanical fruits, including tomato, bell pepper, eggplant, okra, squash, pumpkin, green bean, cucumber and zucchini. Olive fruit is pressed for olive oil. Spices like vanilla, paprika, allspice and black pepper are derived from berries.
Founded in 1968, the California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG) is the largest amateur fruit-growing organization in the world.
Fruit Facts are a series of publications containing information on individual fruits, including botanical identification, plant description and culture notes, and characteristics of cultivars. The information is derived from growers experience based largely on California research, as well as various published sources.
A health initiative focused on helping Americans increase fruit & vegetable consumption for better health.
Build a healthy plate
Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl. Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean protein foods contain the nutrients you need without too many calories.
- Instead of butter and syrup, top pancakes with unsweetened applesauce and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
- For dessert, have a baked apple or a pear, or browse online for another healthy fruit dessert idea.
- Use fruit in your holiday stuffing--try apples, cranberries, raisins, or prunes. Check online for recipes.
- For an easy breakfast or snack on the go, try a fruit smoothie with frozen peaches, berries, and low-fat yogurt.
- Choose fruit! Ask for fruit, like sliced apples, a fruit cup, or 100% fruit juice at a fast food restaurant instead of fried foods.
- Use thin-sliced lemons and lemon juice in soups, stews, salads and beverages.
- Keep up the good work! Fruits are an important part of your everyday meals and snacks