FREDERICKTOWN — The Veggie U classroom garden program is under way at Fredericktown Elementary, and the program kicked off with fourth-grade students sampling some unusual tasting vegetables.
The News sat in on the “blind tasting” held in Kathy Gardiner’s classroom on May 1. The pupils were given a selection of seven vegetables and greens and were asked to record the color, texture, shape, size and taste of each. Then they tried to guess the name of each plant.
Although in nontraditional colors, most of the students were able to correctly identify the mixed-color cauliflower and carrots. Spinach was another familiar taste, but anise hyssop, celery leaf and candy stripe beet (leaf) stumped the students. Popcorn shoots were another unfamiliar comestible, but the pupils seemed to like their crunchiness and sweetness.
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