Nutritional Information

Canada’s Food Guide - Health Canada encourages you to eat five to ten servings per day of fruit and vegetables which are rich in vitamins and minerals.  Why so many?  Fruits and vegetables are your best source of vitamins A, C and folate.  Research on this food group is compelling.  Not only are the foods in this group low in calories but they are credited with reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer.  It is also recommended that people choose a variety of fruits and vegetables in their daily diet to take advantage of the different nutrients that each has to offer.  Sadly, research indicates that most people are getting less than half of the daily recommended servings.

FOOD FACTS - Did you know?

Rhubarb is not a fruit but is a vegetable---it contains plenty of fiber and is rich in vitamin C and potassium. 

Asparagus has only 20 calories per cup.  It is good raw or cooked and supplies Vitamin A, B6, C, and K as well as the minerals – iron, potassium and phosphorous.  It also is a good source of plant protein. 

Strawberries are the most popular fruit world wide.  They contain only 55 calories per cup and contain 88 mg of Vitamin C.  Strawberries contain no fat or sodium. 

Red Raspberries along with strawberries are packed with ellagic acid – an antioxidant  that rids the body of carcinogens.  Fresh raspberries contain 45 calories per 5 oz serving and are an excellent source of fiber and essential vitamins. 

Black Raspberries are delicious and contain Vitamin C, potassium, riboflavin and niacin. All dark fruits carry anti-oxidant properties. 

Cherries contain Vitamins A, C and B Complex and also are rich is potassium.  Herbalists use cherry juice to ease the discomfort of arthritis, gout and even headaches. Cherries are a rich source of antioxidants that can help fight cancer and heart disease. 

Red and Black Currants are an excellent source of Vitamin A and C.  Black Currant Juice is hailed as the best juice to ward off sore throats and winter colds. 

Research has indicated that Blueberries contain the highest levels of antioxidants all fruits and vegetables tested.  Antioxidants are said to improve eyesight, help to prevent cancer and to slow the effects of aging – especially memory loss and motor skill deterioration. 

Pumpkins and Squash are an excellent source of Vitamin A.  These orange vegetables are rich in beta-carotene and antioxidants which help to prevent heart disease and some cancers.  Vitamin A is particularly good for eyesight.  Vitamin A is necessary for strong bone development in children. 

It is reported that the North American Indians ate pumpkin seeds to cure kidney disease.  These seeds are rich in potassium, iron and Vitamin B. 

Did you know that all of these wonderful fruits and vegetables grow at ANDREWS SCENIC ACRES – check our growing calendar for harvest times.

Did you know that honey is the only food that doesn't spoil? Archaeologists found honey in the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs. It was taste tested and found to be edible. How's that for a long shelf life?


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