Food Commodities: Vegetables and Fruit

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Home Economics Support Team (HESC)

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Lesson Duration:

80 mins.

What should you expect from this lesson?

Exploring the role of vegetables and fruits as a food commodity. This lesson is about: - types of vegetables and fruits and their nutritional value. - points to keep in mind when choosing, buying, storing, preparing and cooking vegetables and fruits. - the importance of buying fresh, local and seasonal vegetables. - the use of vegetables and fruits in cooking. - healthy recipes using this food commodity as a main ingredient.

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How to carry out this lesson at home:

Task 1: Access the Handout titled ‘Vegetables and Fruits’. Read through the first page of the Handout and give examples of vegetables in their respective category. Read through Section 2.

Task 2: Imagine that the food provider in your household has asked for your advice. He/she would like to know what to look for when choosing and buying vegetables. What would you tell him/her? Fill in the diagram displayed in Section 3a.

Task 3: A member of your household has purchased a list of local vegetables online and this has just been delivered at your home. Can you name three tips that could be followed to help retain the nutrients when storing, preparing and cooking vegetables? List these in Section 3b.

Task 4: Move on to Section 4. Can you think of healthy cooking methods which are suitable to cook vegetables? Fill in the diagram in Section 4.

Task 5: Vegetables can be used in several interesting recipes. Ask your family members or look up online and try to name two traditional Maltese dishes/snacks using vegetables as the main ingredient. Fill in the diagram in Section 5.

Task 6: Using the internet/books/leaflets / general knowledge sort out the given names of fruits in the respective category. Fill in the diagram in Section 6.

Task 7: Read through the content found in Section 7, 8 and 9. In Section 10 you will find some interesting ideas of how to use fruits in different recipes. Brainstorm to come up with a list of healthy interesting recipes using fruits.

Task 8: Referring to Section 12, explore the topic of seasonality with respect to vegetables and fruits. Sort out the assigned vegetables and fruits according to when they are in season by filling in the given boxes. Refer to the Model Answer Handout titled: Vegetables and Fruits to review all your work.

Task 9: Read through the additional information regarding the preparation of vegetables and fruits. Practise the simple procedures involved when preparing vegetables and fruits at home.

Task 10: Self-Assessment Tool
Revise by taking the Microsoft Forms Online Quiz titled: Vegetables and Fruits Online Quiz – How Savvy are you?

Extension Task:
Extend the lesson by trying out a recipe which you can enjoy with your family using vegetables or fruits as the main ingredient. Try to modify the recipe to be in line with the dietary guidelines. Take a photo of the finished product and send this along with the recipe to home_economics@ilearn.edu.mt so that we can share your recipe on our website. The recipe will be reviewed by HESC teachers and amended as need be before being published.

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