As part of new Garvey Harris Health & Well-Being project, STAG’s new Health Worker, Noreen O’Donoghue led a session with some of our Youth Group members to let them try different sorts of fruit, to suggest some new healthy snacks they might like.

Noreen writes:

“We had a selection of fruits for the children to try, taste, feel and smell.

We had bananas, satsumas, dried banana slices, pears, blueberries, cantaloupe melon, passion fruit, pineapple, black grapes, green grapes, pomegranate, kiwi  fruit and dried mango.

The children drew the fruits they tasted, and then choose the fruits they liked the most and made fruit salad bowls. The children took the fruit bowls home.

They talked about the fruits they had never tasted or seen before and the fact that they didn’t need any extra sugar, as they were sweet enough.

We talked about how the fruits looked on the outside, about how the kiwi was furry, the passion fruit was soft, and the pineapple was spiky. They guessed what colour the fruit would be inside, and if it was going to be sour or sweet.

None of the children had tried pomegranate, dried banana slices, passion fruit or cantaloupe melon before – and the passion fruit proved a great success with everyone saying they wanted to try it again.”

The Garvey Harris Health & Well-Being project is named in memory of STAG’s Trustee, Garvey Harris, who had a great interest in improving the health and well-being of Travellers.