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Taste the world

Test your taste buds as you try these tantalizing fruits from around the world, and learn about where food comes from.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Chopping boards
  • Knives
  • Bowls
  • Wooden skewers
  • Tables
  • Pens or pencils
  • Blindfolds
  • A tin-opener
  • Tea towels
  • Fruits from different countries

Before you begin

  • Double-check if anyone has any allergies.
  • Make sure that you have plenty of fruits that were originally grown in different countries. We’ve included a table to help you – this activity’s about where the fruits were originally grown, not where they’re grown today.
  • Ideally, everyone should have the chance to try something from all the continents, except Antarctica. Getting all of the fresh fruits on the ‘Taste the world’ table below might be tough, so look for tinned varieties too. You won’t even have to cut these up!
  • Make sure that chopping boards, knives, skewers and bowls or plates are all clean. Check that the table’s clean too.
  • Cut all the fruit into bite-sized pieces with the knife. Skewer each piece and place it on a plate or chopping board. Set out the fruit on the table. Cover the portions of fruit with a tea towel, so they aren’t visible.

Taste sensations

  1. Everyone should split into small groups.
  2. The person leading the activity should give each group a map of the world and some pens or pencils.
  3. Each group should then choose one person to go first. The people going first should go to the table of fruit and put on the blindfold. Everyone else should look at their maps, so they don’t accidentally see what fruit’s being eaten. Check that the people trying the fruit can’t see.
  4. The person leading the activity should take some pieces of fruit from under the tea towel and hand it to the people trying the fruit. They should eat the fruit, then, once they’ve swallowed it, they should take their blindfolds off and return to their group.  
  1. Once they get back to their group, the people who tried the fruit should write down what they think it was on the back of their group’s map.
  2. The groups should work together to decide which continent they think that fruit comes from. The taster can help their group by describing more about what the fruit was like, even if they don’t know its name.
  1. Once each group has chosen a continent, another person from each group should repeat steps three to eight until everyone in each group has had the chance to try something (or all the fruits have been tasted).
  2. The person leading the activity should reveal what each fruit was, and where it originally came from. Each group should check how many they got right – the one with the most is the winner.
  1. The person leading the activity should remove the tea towels from the table. Everyone should eat the leftover fruit – they could try to eat something they didn’t try the first time around.

Reflection

The group have tasted some fruits from all over the world. Did it surprise you to learn how many miles some fruit travels to get to you? Which continents and countries do we rely on most for the fruit we need? How can we help these places continue to grow fruit for the world?

There was a wide variety of colours and textures in the fruits the group tried. Eating a diverse selection of fruit is the best way to enjoy the benefits of a healthy diet. How can you remind yourself to eat different coloured and textured fruits? Is there an easier way to get all these different foods into your diet at once (e.g. smoothies, fruit salad)?

Safety

Food

Check for allergies before you begin. Make sure you have suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods.

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.