What Grows Below the Ground
Today we’re talking about what fruits and vegetables grow underground. What grows underground are root vegetables such as carrots, beet and potatoes. Did you know that a peanut is actually classified as an underground fruit? Well, it is and it’s the only fruit that grows underground. Food grown underground are a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals. They are also known to be rich in carbohydrates which means that means that they are great for transforming into energy when eaten by people.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the fruits and vegetables that grow underground:
Potatoes are red, yellow, gold and sometimes even blue! There are starchy potatoes and waxy potatoes, some are a mix of both. They can have a high starch content which makes it a good energy source. Potatoes can be mashed, boiled, baked or turned into a bread. They are known as tubers – a type of stem that grows underground.
Carrots are another root vegetable that comes in many colours, such as orange, red, white or purple. They can be eaten raw or cooked. They can even be baked into a cake! Carrots take 50 to 70 days to grow and are best grown in cool temperatures. The orange carrots get the orange colour from beta carotene, which forms the basis of vitamin A making it good for your eyes.
As mentioned earlier, peanuts are known as an underground fruit and it’s the only fruit that grows underground. The nut or “fruit” of a peanut is the plants seed. Peanuts are great as a snack, making oil or flour, and baking. They take 120 days to become peanuts and require warm weather to mature. They grow in shells containing either one or two nuts.
These round root vegetables are typically a deep ruby red colour or purple. They can be eaten raw, turned into a beet juice and pickled or canned. Just like the carrot they also grow between 50 to 70 days. Beets are a good source of vitamin C.
This Sunday, POP Kids will be learning about what fruits and vegetable grow above and below the ground through a fun worksheet.
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