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Published April 27, 2012, 05:31 PM

Fargo Schools branching out with fruit and vegetable program

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Star fruit, mango, papaya... Not your typical items on a school menu, but that's exactly what some students in Fargo are getting to taste. It's all part of a fresh fruit and vegetable program.

Star fruit, mango, papaya... Not your typical items on a school menu, but that's exactly what some students in Fargo are getting to taste. It's all part of a fresh fruit and vegetable program.

It's snack time at Jefferson Elementary School, but these fourth graders aren't getting celery and peanut butter. They're about to try something you've probably never even heard of. The students eagerly grab the plastic bags, curious to see what a cross between a carrot and cauliflower tastes like.

Ashley Mackner – Jefferson Elementary 4th Grader: "It kind of had a weird taste to it so I didn't really like it as much."

Semso Subasic – Jefferson Elementary 4th Grader: "Oh I think it was great. I think it tastes like carrots more than a cauliflower."

This orange cauliflower has 25% more Vitamin A than the normal kind It's just an example of the program exposes kids to fruits and vegetable they may not have at their own homes.

Debra Laber – Director of Nutrition Services: "We can introduce kids to our students to fresh fruits and vegetables that perhaps their parents won't buy or can't afford to buy in the store and it's just really important because that's where the nourishment, there's so much value in fruits and vegetables."

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is in 12 of the 14 Fargo Elementary Schools. The district got nearly $200,000 in federal grant money this year to buy both exotic and common foods.

Ashley Mackner: "Carrots are my favorite, kiwi and salad."

Eleanor: "Strawberries, apple, oranges and kiwi."

Debra Laber: "They're learning as they're eating and it's not just the same week after week."

Learning why it's important to be healthy.

Semso Subasic: "It's for nutrition and you wanna keep your body healthy and for us young kids, they should really get active instead of playing video games inside."

This is the third year Fargo Public Schools has participated in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

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