Know your onions

Thursday 22nd November 2018
Do your kids know their veg?

Know your onions

A new survey from London's oldest fruit and vegetable market – Borough Market – reveals that the majority of children aged 7 to 11 can identify a wide range of fruit and vegetables grown in the UK, such as broccoli, asparagus, rhubarb and cauliflower. While less common produce such as asparagus and rhubarb were correctly identified by threequarters of the 1,000 children questioned, beetroot was the only vegetable to leave them stumped – just 4 in 10 could name this root vegetable. Thankfully, only 4 per cent believed fruit and vegetables are grown in the supermarket! An encouraging 94 per cent of children questioned said they would like to grow their own produce at home or school, and over half (51 per cent) said that growing their own would definitely make them want to taste a wider variety of fruit and veg. Regionally, children from London and the southwest were the most green-fingered, with only 13 per cent saying they had never grown their own produce, compared to 43 per cent of children in the northeast of England, and 35 per cent in the West Midlands. Darren Henaghan, managing director of Borough Market, says: 'It's encouraging to see that children are more knowledgeable about where produce comes from than in the past. Growing their own fruit and vegetables connects children to the food they see on their plate, and helps them make healthier choices. We've been working with local schools for seven years now, training up the next generation of market traders and encouraging young people to experience the joy of sowing, harvesting and selling – and of course ultimately enjoying eating the fresh fruit and veg that they've grown themselves.'

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