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Fruit Word Search

Print off this word search and try to find all the words listed below. Words can run horizontally, vertically and diagonally in all eight directions. There is also some interesting facts and nutritional information about these foods.

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Apples

Did You Know? A man called John Chapman planted so many apple trees during his travels across America that he became known as 'Johnny Appleseed'.

Nutrition tip: Apples contain fibre, important for healthy digestion. An apple a day really does keep the doctor away!

Apricots

Did You Know? An ancient Greek leader called Alexander The Great found apricots growing wild in China. He bought them back to Europe, where they have been cultivated ever since.

Nutrition tip: The orange colour in apricots comes from carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in your body. Vitamin A is important for healthy eyes and skin. 2 apricots count as one portion of fruit and vegetables.

Bananas

Did You Know? American Ken Banister is so bananas about bananas he has set up an International Banana Club. The club is open to anyone who enjoys bananas and has its own museum which is stocked with 17,000 banana-related articles.

Nutrition tip: Bananas are an energy packed snack. They contain potassium, which helps to balance the water in your body. Athletes often have bananas as a snack.

Cherries

Did You Know? In Japan, people hold annual cherry blossom parties. The beautiful blossoms on cherry trees signal the arrival of spring - and spark wild celebrations!

Nutrition tip: A big handful of cherries will help boost your vitamin C intake.

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Grapes

Did You Know? Grapes have been cultivated for thousands of years. Evidence shows that grapes were grown in Iran around 8,000 years ago, and Egyptian hieroglyphs also show that they were harvested in ancient Egypt.

Nutrition tip: A great source of energy. They are so sweet because they contain natural sugars fructose and glucose. One handful counts as a portion of fruit and vegetables.

Kiwifruit

Did You Know? Despite its name, the kiwifruit did not actually originate in New Zealand. It was first grown in China, and is still sometimes called the 'Chinese Gooseberry'.

Nutrition tip: Kiwifruits really are delicious and nutritious, one kiwifruit gives you nearly all your vitamin C for one day.

Lemon

Did You Know? The largest lemon ever grown weighed in at whopping 3.88kg. That's about four times as heavy as a standard bag of sugar. It was grown in the USA.

Nutrition tip: Lemons are rich/high in vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to fight colds and infections during the winter months.

Orange

Did You Know? Brazil is the world's leading producer of oranges - one half of all the world's orange juice comes from there.

Nutrition tip: One orange will give you nearly all your vitamin C for one day. They contain fibre too which helps keep your body healthy.

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Peach

Did You Know? In Japan there is an annual 'peach festival'. Known as the 'momo no sekku', this festival coincides with peach trees coming into blossom.

Nutrition tip: One peach contains half the amount of vitamin C you need in a day. The pink colour contains carotene, which converts to vitamin A in your body. Vitamin A is important for healthy eyes and skin.

Pear

Did You Know? There are more than 3,000 different varieties of pear - a fruit which is actually a member of the rose family.

Nutrition tip: Pears are a great source of fibre, which is important for a healthy digestive system.

Pineapple

Did You Know? An 11-year-old boy from Nottinghamshire hit the headlines in 2003 when he harvested a pineapple from a cutting he'd planted when he was just five.

Nutrition tip: Two slices of pineapple give you a third of your vitamin C intake for the day. They also contain a natural enzyme call bromelain, which helps your body digest food.

Strawberry

Did You Know? In ancient Greece the strawberry was considered a symbol of Venus - the Goddess of love - because of its heart-shape and striking red colour.

Nutrition tip: Eight strawberries count as one portion of fruit and vegetables. Strawberries are packed full with vitamin C.

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