Cooking with Aunt Sheila - Fiction (Grade 6)

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Cooking with Aunt Sheila - Fiction

For the last three weeks, my Aunt Sheila has been giving me cooking lessons. I have learned a great deal about how to tell when a cake is done, how to stir gravy so it is not lumpy, and how to peel the skin off potatoes. Today's lesson was on fruits and vegetables.

"All right, Tabitha," said Aunt Sheila. "Put the vegetables on the left side of the kitchen table, and the fruits on the right."

This one was going to be easy, I thought, quickly placing the apple, orange and banana on the right. The green pepper, tomato, cucumber, and carrot went on the left. I hesitated a moment over the eggplant, but finally added it to the vegetables.

"Good job," said Aunt Sheila. "The apple, orange, and banana are all fruit. However," she said, pausing to grin at me, "everything you put in the vegetable pile is also fruit-except for the carrot."

"What!" I exclaimed. "Peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggplant are not fruit. They are not sweet, and are never served as snacks or desserts."

Aunt Sheila laughed. "Remember that technically, a fruit is a part of the plant that develops from a flower, and it contains the seeds. If you look at peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers, you can see they all fit that description. Vegetables, on the other hand, are the stems, leaves, or roots of a plant, such as celery, lettuce or carrots. Can you guess the one thing they all have in common, Tabby?"

I thought for a moment and then smiled because this one actually was easy. "They are both healthy and nutritious," I stated.

"You get an 'A' in nutrition class today—and here is your prize," replied Aunt Sheila, handing me an apple.
1. 
What factor do fruits and vegetables share?
  1. They both contain large seeds.
  2. They both are sweet to the taste.
  3. They both have large green leaves.
  4. They both contain minerals and vitamins.
2. 
What makes fruits and vegetables different?
  1. Which part of the plant they came from
  2. How often they are used as snacks
  3. When they are picked during the summer
  4. What recipes they are ingredients in
3. 
Vegetables are typically the...
  1. petals or flowers of the plant.
  2. stems, leaves, or roots of the plant.
  3. central seed of the plant.
  4. branches or trunk of the plant.

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