In November, citrus is being featured for the Harvest of the Month (HOTM) program. Citrus includes oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, clementine, tangerine and many other fruits. Citrus fruits do grow in Georgia! Check out these resources and ideas to celebrate Harvest of the Month with citrus!
School Food Service Professionals
Morning announcement script:
- “Good morning! In November we are celebrating locally grown citrus for our Harvest of the Month program. Look for citrus in your school lunch today (or on ______ day/date) and eat local! Harvest of the Month is our program that celebrates local and seasonal produce each month.”
- “Good morning! Citrus is a featured fruit for November’s Harvest of the Month. Look for citrus from these local farms (name the farm(s), if you can) in your school lunch today
(or on ______ day/date) and help us celebrate Harvest of the Month with local citrus!”
- Serve an orange, Satsuma (mandarin) or clementine as a fruit serving at breakfast or lunch.
- Add fresh orange segments to a leafy green or spinach salad or add to a salad bar.
Taste test ideas:
- Hold a taste test with a variety of citrus fruits, such as oranges, clementine, lemons, limes, and grapefruit. Ask students to describe their taste. Are some more sweet, tart or sour?
- During the taste test, provide education about the nutrients found in citrus fruits and share fun facts on citrus. Have students evaluate the taste test samples by filling out a survey to indicate if they tried it, liked it, and would be willing to try it again.
Students and Families
- HOTM Citrus Fact Sheet
- What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl – Search for recipes using citrus in this interactive website. The website includes a searchable database for healthy recipes and can help with meal planning, cooking and grocery shopping, from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services.
- Green Julius Recipe _Citrus
- MyPlate 10 Tips: Focus on Fruits – English – A one-page tip sheet on choosing more fruit, from USDA, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
- MiPlato 10 Consejos: Enfóquese en las frutas