Pollinator Week 2009: Food!

It’s National Pollinator Week, and here’s a neat site for you–a complete list, continuously updated, of crops of importance to humans that insects pollinatepollinatorPollinating animals contribute to at least one out of every three bites we eat.

Some of the fruits and vegetables on this list are obviously recognizable.  There are also crops that produce a product that we use, like Neem or cotton.  And, of premier importance to scientists everywhere: COFFEE and CHOCOLATE!

Why not plan a menu that features only foods and recipes created with the help of pollinating animals?  NAPPC has some suggestions that will highlight all that pollinators do for us:

Baked Pita Chips with Artichoke Dip

  • Artichoke – bee
  • Lemon Juice – bee
  • Onions – bee and fly

Beef Brochette with Green Pepper & Tomatoes

  • Beef – beef cattle are fed bee pollinated alfalfa
  • Tomatoes – bee
  • Pepper – bee and fly

Vanilla Ice cream with fruit/ chocolate sauce

  • Vanilla – bee
  • Raspberries – bee
  • Strawberries – bee
  • Cacao – A fly. This tiny animal brings you chocolate.
  • Peppermint – fly and bee

And a little after dinner drink…..Tequila Sunrise

  • Tequila -bat
  • Orange juice – bee
  • Cherry – bee

Ok, well, I guess you could have a cup of coffee, as an alternative.

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