Fun & Easy Science for Kids

Fig

Figs just might be the weirdest fruits of all. Think about turning a cluster of flowers outside in and you’ve got a fig. Now think about the idea that during their development, figs usually trap a wasp inside the fruit. Enzymes break the wasp down so you never see it. Weird,...

Fig

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Persimmon

Persimmons aren’t very common unless you live in the South, but look for them in the grocery store around the holidays. They’re usually found near the exotic tropical fruit and they’re bright orange. Fun Facts The two types of persimmons you might see in a...

Persimmon

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Clementine

Clementines are the perfect snack. They’re small, seedless, and easy to peel. They’re also nutritious because they’re loaded with fiber and vitamin C. Clementines are related to oranges and they’re citrus fruits. Fun...

Clementine

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Pomegranate

Pomegranate seeds are gorgeous. They’re shiny and bright red – the ideal fruit for the holiday season. They’re sweet, yet tart; juicy and crunchy, all at the same time. Best of all, pomegranates are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants. They’re believed to contribute to a healthy

Pomegranate

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Coconut

Coconut isn’t a fruit, although it’s often used in fruit dishes. It grows in tropical regions on tall palm trees and is a type of nut. Coconut is high in protein and iron. You can buy fresh coconuts in the store, although shredded...

Coconut

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Papaya

If you’ve never tried papaya, you’re in for a treat. This sweet tropical fruit is delicious eaten raw or in drinks. It originally came from Mexico and Central...

Papaya

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Plum

Plums are beautiful fruits that range in color from yellow to green to pink or deep purple. Their flesh is juicy and sweet, and their small size makes them a good snack fruit. Fun Facts Plums might just be one of the most ancient fruits. Their remains have been...

Plum

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Pear

Pears are similar to apples in that they have small seeds and grow on trees. They’re a good source of vitamin C and fiber. They’re available year-round, although they taste best from fall to winter. Pears can be made into pear butter or canned. Fun Facts ...

Pear

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Raspberry

Sweet, red raspberries are not only beautiful and delicious, but healthy. They contain more vitamin C than an orange and they are rich in antioxidants. Raspberries don’t ripen after they’re picked. They’re ripe when they’re fully colored and come off the stem easily. Fun...

Raspberry

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Orange (fruit)

Sweet, flavorful oranges are a popular snack, and with good reason. One orange provides a whole day’s worth of vitamin C; and you’d have to eat seven bowls of cornflakes to get the same amount of fiber found in one orange, according to the Indian River Select website. Fun...

Orange (fruit)

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Grapefruit

Many citrus fruits originated in Asia, but grapefruits came from the Caribbean in the 1700s. They were originally called “forbidden fruit” or “Shaddocks” after Captain Shaddock who bred them. In the 1800s, they were renamed “grapefruit” because they grow in clusters similar to

Grapefruit

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Kiwifruit

From its quirky name to its fuzzy brown skin to its bright green flesh, kiwifruit is one weird food. Get past that, though, and you find a fruit that’s both delicious and nutritious. Kiwifruit has a sweet tart taste that’s been compared to a combination of banana and strawberry. The edible...

Kiwifruit

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Pineapple

Think pineapples grow on trees? Actually, they grow on the ground. The spiky green part of a pineapple fruit is planted in the ground. After two years, it produces a pineapple fruit. We tend to think of Hawaii as the place where pineapples come from, but most of the pineapples we eat actually...

Pineapple

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Mango

Mangos originally grew in India over 5,000 years ago; today, a basket of mangos is still considered a sign of friendship there. Traders took mango seeds to Africa, Asia, and South America around 300 to 400 A.D. Fun...

Mango

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Peach

Peaches are a favorite fruit in late summer and early fall. Since peaches are a fragile fruit, they’re often picked unripe when shipped to faraway places. They taste best, though, when they’re picked after they’re ripe. The most delicious peaches you’ll eat are those grown close to where...

Peach

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Apricot

Apricots are beautiful in color and they have a unique, sweet flavor. They make delicious jam and they’re often eaten dried. Apricots are good for you too. They’re rich in fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin A. Apricots are in season at the grocery store and farmers’ market in August and...

Apricot

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Grapes

Grapes are a favorite snack because they’re so delicious and easy to eat. Wash a cluster and you’re ready to go! But did you know that grapes are among the healthiest foods you can eat? They’re high in vitamin C and contain compounds that keep your

Grapes

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Pecan

If you live in the north, you might not have eaten pecan pie, but for southerners, pecan pie is a favorite dessert, especially at Thanksgiving. But pie isn’t the only thing pecans are good for. Add them to salads, trail mixes, or baked goods. They’re a delicious, heart-healthy...

Pecan

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Mushroom

Have you ever noticed mushrooms in the lawn after a rainstorm? It seems like they sprouted overnight, and perhaps they did. Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of fungus. They are the part of a fungus that allows new fungi to grow. They’re not

Mushroom

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Cantaloupe

The cantaloupe belongs to the melon family and is related to watermelons, cucumbers, and even pumpkins. Because it’s mostly water, it’s a delicious, refreshing treat on hot summer days. Fun Facts Cantaloupes grow on long vines. They take up less space in the...

Cantaloupe

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Cranberry

Cranberries mean Thanksgiving to most people. But they’re really nutritious and a great year-round snack. Cranberries don’t grow in water, but sandy

Cranberry

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Cherry

George Washington didn’t really cut down the cherry tree, but cherries probably did grow on his family’s plantation. This popular fruit comes in two varieties, pie cherries – which are tart and best used in cooking, and sweet cherries – the dark red or orange cherries people eat...

Cherry

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Blackberry

Blackberries are related to raspberries. How can you tell the difference? Blackberries are black, not red, when they’re ripe. Also, if you look at the top of a raspberry, you’ll notice a hole where the torus – the small, white core that attaches to the stem – was. Blackberries don’t...

Blackberry

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Blueberry

Have you ever read Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey? In the story, a mother takes her young child to hunt for blueberries. At the same time, a mother bear and her cub are also hunting blueberries. The two pairs meet with exciting consequences. In real life, there are only a few...

Blueberry

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Porcelain Tower of Nanjing

The Porcelain Tower of Nanjing was built during the Ming Dynasty in the 15th century. It is also one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval Ages and also believed to be the youngest of them. It was built on the south banks of the river Yangtze in

Porcelain Tower of Nanjing

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