Wait, is there really blood in that fruit?By: Anne Stokes Special to the Press Tribune
Students at Woodbridge Elementary School in Roseville enjoyed a tasty treat with what they considered a funny name on March 6: blood oranges.
The University of California Cooperative Extension’s UC CalFresh Program, together with the California Department of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crops Grant, conducted taste tests with the goal of exposing kids to new healthy foods for March’s National Nutrition Month.
“We are trying to expose kids to fruits and vegetables that they may have not eaten before,” said UC CalFresh Program Manager Rosemary Carter. “Research has proven that kids who try new fruits and vegetables and like them are willing to have them again.”
Carter advises parents not to use strong-arm tactics to get their children to eat more produce.
“Don’t push them,” she said. “Don’t make it a ‘must-have,’ make it more fun. Just keep offering it. Sometimes it takes up to 10 times to expose a child to a new food before they’re willing to try it. Let them observe and try it on their own, and don’t force them.”
Despite some initial apprehension over the name — and after reassurance that there’s no blood in the oranges — most of the children enjoyed the ruby-red fruits, which were locally grown by Pilz Produce at Hillcrest in Penryn.
“I thought it would be yucky, but it was yummy,” said kindergartener Darian Reyna.