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Do you know how many portions of fruit and vegetables we should eat each day to stay healthy?

Eating at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day will ensure that you get enough of all the nutrients your body needs to grow and be healthy.

Fruit and vegetables are a source of fibre, vitamins and minerals which are important in keeping us fit and healthy.
One portion of fruit or vegetables is about 80g.


Asparagus is a highly prized and increasingly popular vegetable with a unique flavour. The season when asparagus is ready for cutting is very short. In Cornwall it is in season from late April until June.

Asparagus was grown by the Ancient Greeks and Romans. The Greeks believed it helped to cure toothache. In England in more recent times it was considered a delicacy for the very rich and in the seventeenth century it was grown for the dinner table in covered 'hot' beds, which were heated with rotting manure.

Asparagus is grown in light sandy soil. The green spears that poke up through the soil are cut and tied into bundles. For the best flavour, the spears should be cooked and eaten the day they are cut.

Buying local

Where can you buy local fruit and vegetables?

You will find Cornish vegetables and fruit in the supermarkets. Potatoes, cauliflowers, cabbages and strawberries are just some of the crops grown for supermarkets by farmers in Cornwall.

Farm shops and farmers markets are good places to find out what fresh vegetables and fruit are in season in Cornwall.

Some farmers open up their fields for you to go and pick your own fruit and vegetables. This is a great fun and a good way to get really fresh tasting produce.

Have you tried growing your own? Do you have a vegetable garden at school?

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