Berries

-Native Americans called them "star berries" because the 5 points of the blueberry blossom make a star shape.

-Not only did Native Americans use them for food, they also used the dye from blueberry juice to make clothes and baskets a rich blue color!

-Early colonists got in on the action of using blueberries for more than just food, too. They also made gray paint out of blueberries by boiling them in milk!

Strawberries

Strawberries: - are the only fruit that has seeds on the outside!
- are a member of the rose family.
- only take 3 days to complete their cycle of turning from green to white to red. Wow - once you see a green strawberry you can eat it 3 days later (but leave it on the vine till it's red!)!

There are lots of types of berries. How many have you tried on this list? Ask mom and dad which one's they've tried, too!

  • Acai Berries
  • Barberry
  • Bearberries
  • Blackberries
  • Blackcurrant
  • Blueberries
  • Boysenberry
  • Chokeberries
  • Cloudberry
  • Cranberries
  • Crowberry
  • Elderberries
  • Goji Berries
  • Gooseberries
  • Grapes
  • Huckleberries
  • Indian Plum
  • Juneberries
  • Lingonberries
  • Loganberries
  • Marionberries
  • Mulberries
  • Nannyberry
  • Oregon Grape
  • Raspberries
  • Redcurrants
  • Salmonberry
  • Sea-buckthorn Berries
  • Serviceberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tayberries
  • Tomato: Yep, if you were a scientist, you would classify a tomato as a berry!
  • Wild Rose

Peppers

You can eat peppers mild or hot. The mildest peppers are bell, cherry, and yellow peppers, and the HOT ones are jalapeno and cayenne, with hottest of all being the habanero.

Most people think that it's the seeds that make a pepper hot, but that's not true. The substance that causes heat is called capsaicin, and it's found near the skin or at the inner wall of hot peppers. Be very careful if you handle hot peppers – never touch your face or eyes, or they will burn!

Have you ever gone to the store and seen bell peppers in lots of different colors (green, red, orange, yellow)? Guess what? They are all the same kind of pepper! The ripeness of the pepper determines the color and the older it gets, the sweeter it gets. Guess what colors are the sweetest – yellow and red! Try them at home. Ask your mom or dad if you can buy a green pepper, a yellow pepper and a red pepper at the store. Bring them home, wash them and then decide which one tastes the sweetest!