Isn’t May a wonderful time of year? With all the holidays in May, one might forget it’s also National Salad Month. There is nothing better than a crisp, fresh garden salad in the spring and summer.
There are many interesting and fun salad facts!
Did you Know?
- Salad comes from the Latin word “herba salta” because the greens were seasoned with dressings containing a lot of salt.
- Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family.
- Lettuce started out as a weed around the Mediterranean basin.
- The average American eats approximately 30 pounds of lettuce each year.
- Lettuce was first eaten by the ancient kings of Persia 2,500 years ago.
- In 2012, the world’s largest salad was made in Romania weighing 41,998 pounds. Now that’s a big salad!
In the Fuddlebrook story, Bert’s Crazy Growth Concoction, Bert learns a lesson about health and nutrition. Unfortunately, there are not any crazy concoctions that will make us thinner, grow taller, or become healthier. But there are healthy foods we can eat that will certainly help us with these things. Be sure and try the activity in the back of the book, “Herman Tweed’s Carrot.” Kids will learn the nutritional value of carrots and how yummy they are in salad!
A great way to end the school year and celebrate National Salad Month is to host a salad luncheon. Each child can bring a salad to share with the class. This is an activity Mrs. Wigglebum would do to encourage healthy eating!
Have a wonderful end of school year and don’t forget to promote healthy eating all year long!
Enjoy your salad….and happy summer break!