Hello, my name is Violet Beauregarde. You may remember me from Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was the kid who chewed a lot of gum—and I mean A LOT—and while visiting Mr. Wonka’s factory, I got excited and grabbed one of his inventions. Short story shorter, the dang gum backfired, and I turned into a giant blueberry and had to be rolled away by the Oompa Loompas.
The avocado originated in south-central Mexico about 10,000 years ago. It was several millennia before wild avocado trees were cultivated and many more before the Hass avocado—the most common variety in the U.S. today—was born in a California backyard during the early 1930s.
By Heidi Lewis
[The Green Room – Children’s Television Department]
Bunny: “What’s with all the bits of fabric everywhere?”
Bob: “Count von Count from Sesame Street and Count Chocula got into a heated debate. The Count was trying to count the blood oranges in the FruitGuys crate, and Chocula was trying to eat them.”
Bunny: “Silly vampires, blood oranges are for people!”
Cherries are tasty and delicious but also a super food – researchers have found that cherries may help you sleep better, avoid jet lag, and possibly lessen the symptoms of arthritis and gout. The secret to their success? Melatonin, a hormone produced in the brain’s pineal gland that has been credited with slowing the aging process, and fighting insomnia and jet lag.
Pomegranates, persimmons, and pumpkins!
By Heidi Lewis
You know what’s happening this season?
Professor Pumpernickel is coming to the Palladium with his penguins? Nope.
They’re showing The Perils of Pauline in Panorama? No.
Pomegranates, persimmons, and pumpkins from The FruitGuys is what!
Summer is here, and with it the most delicious of all fruit: fresh berries. Be they strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries, berries evolved to be literally irresistible in order to spread their seeds. Taste alone is reason to indulge, but with berries you get to have your cake and eat it too—berries are packed with nutrients, and few foods can compare to their benefits to human health.
By Gretchen Bay
It’s officially summer. And summer means (among other delicious things)—plums! Unlike their stone-fruit cousins peaches and nectarines (which come with white or yellow flesh and skin typically in the yellow-red spectrum), plums come in a wide variety of colors, mainly red, purple, yellow, black, and green. Their flavors range from candy-sweet to sublimely tart and everything in between.
Did you get your first wake-up call about the “whom” conundrum from For Whom the Bell Tolls via Hemingway or Metallica? A high percentage of English speakers waver over the who/whom thing. It ranks first on most grammar mistakes lists, before which/that and lie/lay. The FruitGuys grammarians might suggest putting your pronoun problems to rest and just answering the bell. For whom does the bell toll? It tolls for thee!
By Heidi Lewis
You know what sweet summer cherries like? They like winter. That’s when they catch up on a little shut-eye and wake up refreshed. Many stone fruits and pomes need the chill hours to produce a good season of leaf, buds, and fruit. But man, when they’re ready—bada boom! Cherry season is here.