Posted Date: 09/20/2022
The Union School District is expanding the taste palate of its students.
A half-million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture allows the district to provide new varieties of fruits and vegetables to about 6,500 elementary students almost every day. We recently visited students at Ellen Ochoa Elementary School as they were trying a fruit known as pineberries for the first time.
“It tastes like a strawberry, but a little bit more sweeter,” said Grecia Fraire a Union 3rd grade student.
A pineberry is similar to a strawberry. They appear as a white and blush color and many describe the taste as a pineapple-like flavor.
“As soon as the teacher said they could try them, they put them in their mouths and you could hear them go ‘oooo’ and they said ‘this is good’," said Lisa Griffin the Union director of child nutrition.