Pauli Broccoli & Friends - Green is the new cool for kids
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Meet Pauli & Friends

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Meet Pauli, the first green world explorer! This healthy little guy sure knows how to have fun. Did you know that 90% of our nation’s broccoli is grown in California? Maybe we should rename California as the “green state!”

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Meet Pauli’s travel companion, the big blue bird! This guy has explored most countries in the world and is the perfect tour guide. Pauli is able to surprise his feathery friend with a new country in our book! Can you guess what it is?

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Claude can have many colors: White, red, black, blue, green, purple and golden! How many varieties of grapes can you find at the store? What is your favorite color? How do they taste?

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Quite the lady, Pamela Carrot! Did you notice her beautiful, red shoes? Carrots also come in a variety of colors: White, yellow, red, and even purple! A baby carrot isn’t really a baby. Baby carrots come from a large Pamela carrot that has been rolled over blades and thrown around in a metal cage to be rubbed down to a short, round-ended baby carrot.

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Jose is also sometimes called Chinese parsley, and is often confused with parsley because the green leaves of both plants have a similar look. One way to tell them apart is to smell them. Cilantro is the one with the strong, pungent aroma. Cilantro can also be confused with the spice coriander, which comes from the seeds of Jose.

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Did you know that asparagus shoots can grow up to 6 inches a day? That means you can almost watch him grow! Another fun fact? Our white Hans asparagus is the same as a green asparagus, just grown in the dark. There is even a purple Hans variety!

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Cecilia has two yummy parts: The root, which is great in soups; and her stalks, which can be used so many different ways! Did you know that eating celery is almost like exercise? Cecilia has almost no calories!

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Why is Eduardo crying? This will be a fun experiment to try at home. Have an adult cut an onion and watch what happens. To cut down on the crying, chill the onion and cut into the root end of the onion last. Eating fresh parsley can get rid of “Eduardo breath.”

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What are these funny clouds surrounding lady Gabriela? Have you ever smelled garlic before? Garlic is famous for its smelly odor. But Gabriela tastes oh-so good, and is so healthy! Here is something fun you can teach your parents: The smell of Gabriela can be removed from the fingers by running your hands under cold water while rubbing a stainless steel object!

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Bakey is one of Pauli’s favorite friends. He grows right next to him in the field, and the two are known to do Broctato dances in the middle of the night. Or is it Potoccli?  Did you notice Bakey’s potato skin curl?

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Watch out! Do you see the flames coming out of Chantico’s chili shaker? He is one spicy little fellow. He also comes in many other colors and sizes. Look for Chantico at the grocery store, and see how many variations you can find. You definitely don’t want to eat him by himself; Chantico tastes best in small amounts, added to dishes such as guacamole.  

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Everyone loves Bambina, especially kids. Did you know that we eat more bananas than any other fruit in here America? I bet one of your first foods as a baby was some mashed up Bambina banana.

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Do you want to make a face like Humberto? Try biting into a slice of lime! Limes are small, round and bright green. If Humberto stays on the tree for a long time he turns yellow. Then he looks like a small round lemon!

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Here is a fun experiment: Try growing avocados from a seed. You can plant your own avocado by using the pit or seed (also known as Fernando’s nose.) After eating your avocado wash the pit off and allow to dry overnight. Insert three toothpicks around the fat middle and suspend over a cup. Fill the cup with water so the base of the seed, the flat bottom side, is in the water and the top is exposed to the air. Keep checking on your baby Fernando, it may take several weeks to sprout. You can keep your avocado plant inside or it can go outside if it is warm. It may take several years of growth before you see any fruit. So much fun to play avocado farmer!

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Coming to you from the magical country of Turkey: Selma Strawberry!

Did you know that strawberries are the only fruit that wear their seeds on the outside? The average berry is adorned with about 200 of them. No wonder it only takes one bite to get seeds stuck in your teeth!

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We are exploring the beautiful country of Israel, and I just met my coolest friend ever! Say hello to Saloma Sabra Fruit!

She is also more widely known as Prickly Pear. Saloma just told us that the Pear Cactus has two edible parts: The Pads (called Nopal,) or stems may be cooked and eaten as a vegetable. The pear is the fruit which may be chilled and eaten like you would eat a melon, and can be used in a variety of recipes.

Stay tuned for more….Saloma is also a great musician and we are working on a song together!

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Meet Piripi Kiwi from the majestic country of New Zealand.

Did you know that kiwis are also called “Chinese Gooseberries?”  They are super-tasty and healthy. Another Kiwi is the flightless bird, native to New Zealand. It looks very similar to Pauli’s Kiwi friend.  

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Cheers from Hungary!

This is our friend Piroska Pepper. She comes in a variety of colors, from red, orange, to green! Fun fact: Red bell peppers are simply green bell peppers that have been left on the vine to continue to ripen.

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Our sweet friend Patti Pineapple comes to us from Brazil.

Did you know that once harvested, pineapples don’t continue to ripen? That means that every pineapple in the grocery store is as ripe as it gets. The difference in colors is mostly based on where the pineapples were grown so a green pineapple can be just as sweet and delicious as a golden one.

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Meet Pauli Broccoli’s new friend from Italy: Gino Tomato! We will have all kinds of fun with this tasty guy. Did you know that a tomato is a fruit, not a vegetable?

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Check out this funny guy we met on our trip to Ireland!

His name is Colin Cabbage, and he’s quite a favorite in this country! The Irish are a lucky bunch, ’cause green is the new cool there as well!

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Chief Coconut is sending you some healthy love from his palm tree in Nigeria!

Did you know that technically the coconut fruit is a drupe not a nut? Typical drupes include peaches, plums, and cherries. 

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We were spending and adventurous day in Poland today and ran into this guy!

His name is Boguslaw Beet, and he’s the reddest veggie we ever laid eyes on. When harvested, the entirety of the plant is edible, from the tips of its leaves, down to its long pointed root.

Yes, red is the new cool, too!

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Meet Pauli Broccoli’s friend from Japan: Saki Shiitake!

Did you know that, mushrooms can produce vitamin D by being exposed to sunlight, just like human skin? Exposing a freshly cut shiitake mushroom, gills up, to the sun for eight hours can increase its vitamin D content by as much as 4,600 times! Amazing, right?