Fruit and Vegetable Tasting Resources
The resources below assist in classroom education while tasting a new fruit or vegetable.
Taste Testing Tips
- Allow the children to explore the new food item, look, touch, and, smell.
- Share information about the food. The more they know, the more willing they may be to try it.
- Teach the children the guidelines for polite food tasting.
- Offer small tastes of a food first. Never force a child to eat a food.
- Be a role model and the food with them.
- Offer new foods first to children willing to try new things. Watching a peer eat a food can help the most reluctant eater bud into a food taster.
Fact Sheets - The more students know about a food, the more willing they may be to try it. Display on the classroom Smart Board or lead a discussion using the interesting facts while tasting a new fruit or vegetable.
Great Tasters Poster - Provides reminders to students about polite taste testing practices.
Hand Washing Sign - Encourages students to wash their hands before eating in a fun and engaging way. Hand washing facts are provided.
Tips to Conduct a Taste Test - Guide to help plan a taste testing event that include a series of questions to think through the logistics.
What Am I? - Fun fruit and vegetable prompts that can be read as morning announcements or displayed as health messages on TV monitors.
Pick-a-Better Snack™ Nutrition Education Lessons - Collection of lessons for elementary classrooms featuring a variety of fruits and vegetables.