Every month the CDC highlights a fruit and vegetable that should be in a healthy diet. February's veggie is Exotic Vegetables. The CDC Fruits & Veggies Matter Website is highlighting three exotic vegetables this month: Calabaza Squash, Chayote Squash, and Bitter Melon (also a member of the squash family). These exotic vegetables are becoming more and more popular and readily available at local supermarkets. Members of the squash family are generally a great source for vitamins C and B1, and are high in folic acid, fiber, and potassium.
Add some exotic vegetables to your table this month. It's a great way for the whole family to try something new and add some variety to your typical weeknight dinner. For more on the vegetable of the month visit: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/month/. From there you can find out nutrition information and new recipes.