If fruit and veg came in packages by the serving, then we wouldn’t have so much trouble getting our daily nutritional allowances, but that’s not the case. The folks over at CHOW made a handy visual guide for popular fruits and vegetables in an attempt to fix that problem, and it’s pretty interesting to see actual numbers for once.
Fruits like oranges, peaches and pears are no surprise, since they’re roughly the “fist-sized” portion that the serving generally sticks to, but other fruits aren’t so easy to pin down, and it’s usually the ones that are the most fun to eat. So, just how many grapes make up a “serving” of fruit? Turns out it’s 32.
Vegetables can be even harder than fruit, but the guide makes it easy (now, if only eating certain vegetables were as easy). Asparagus lovers will be happy to know that it only takes an average of four spears to make a serving — but broccoli haters will be displeased to know that it takes 16 baby trees to get the same result.
The guide is available as a handy, two-page PDF, so you can post it right up on the fridge. CHOW also recommends you go straight to the CDC’s website and use their calculator to find out exactly how many servings of each that you need on a daily basis, and to use the guide as a reference point until you get the hang of it.