Time to pre­pare win­ter crops

Matamata Chronicle - - Gardening - LYNDA HAL­LI­NAN

veg­eta­bles could help win the war against child­hood obe­sity. It fol­lows an­other study last year pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Health Eco­nomics that found that the num­ber of chil­dren who ate at least one serv­ing of fruit or veges dou­bled when they were re­warded with 25 cents each time.

My chil­dren, Lu­cas (5) and Lachie (3), love muck­ing about in my gar­den, sow­ing seeds and pulling car­rots, but it’s still a bat­tle to get them to eat any veg­eta­bles other than French fries with tomato sauce (that still counts, surely?) They like freshly pod­ded peas, corn on the cob and pota­toes, and will eat car­rots un­der duress. But they flat out refuse to eat any sort of salad green and they seem to de­velop an in­stant case of lock­jaw if I serve them cau­li­flower. Like many par­ents, I’m pretty crafty at con­ceal­ing veg­eta­bles in bak­ing, casseroles and pasta sauces: our spaghetti bolog­nese al­ways con­tains onion, fresh toma­toes, capsicums, finely grated car­rots and cour­gettes, though I’ve given up adding pars­ley, basil or any other herbs, hav­ing been forced to pick out ev­ery vis­i­ble shred of green stuff be­fore ei­ther of my boys would eat it!

How do you get your chil­dren (or grand­chil­dren) to eat veges? Email in­box@get­grow­ing.co.nz to share your sneaky tips and tricks.

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