Purple Asparagus is a non-profit that educates children, families, and the community about eating that’s good for the body and the planet.
Purple Asparagus’ flagship program, Delicious, Nutritious Adventures™, brings healthy foods to life for kids in elementary school classrooms all over Chicagoland. During Delicious Nutritious Adventures™, students taste new foods and learn where they come from, why they benefit their bodies, and how to make simple and healthy meals using them. Written recipes go home to parents to be cooked again and again – bringing whole families back around the table.
Purple Asparagus will teach Delicious Nutritious Adventures™ monthly in 18 Chicago Public Schools during the 2012-13 school year. Taught during the school day, each monthly class highlights a seasonal ingredient starting with apples in October and ending with berries in June.
The first part of the class is an exploration. The kids get to touch, feel, smell, and, of course, taste. The second half is a cooking lesson. Children learn how to make three simple recipes accomplished from start to finish at their desks.