Pineapple Poem

Dole PineappleI have been tweeting with my friends @DoleFoods. I shared with them videos of me reciting my Banana and Watermelon poems. Both are from Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies – Where Healthy Eating Starts With a Poem. To my delight, @DoleFoods tweeted back asking, “any odes for pineapples? :)”

Indeed I do have a Pineapple poem. It is from MORE Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies – which has yet to be published. This picture is of a Dole pineapple found on the Dole Foods website. Without further ado, my Pineapple poem:

Pineapple by Judith Natelli McLaughlin

Its skin’s the scratchy, prickly kind

And palm-like leaves on top you’ll find

But right inside this hidden treasure

Lives a taste too great to measure

Past the moon and furthest star

A treat…the sweetest one by far

This yellow, juicy fruit’s no fake

It’s used in upside-down baked cake

And yogurt, smoothies, cottage cheese

Or by itself, it’s sure to please

Now can you name this tropic fruit?

The one that wears the prickly suit?

Did I hear you?  Did you say?

Pineapple?  Hooray!  Hooray!


Banana Poem Video

BananasOne of my favorite poems from Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies is Banana. I like to use my imagination and think of what something could be if it wasn’t what it was…as in a “banana phone.”  Watch me recite the poem, BANANA.  It is from 2011 at Macy’s Reading Circle at Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square, New York, NY.

How Does My Garden Grow? Week 4

I don’t know if you can tell from the pictures, but besides the growth that has taken place in my garden, something else is different too. Can you spot the change? Look first. And remember, I am new to growing my own garden.


Okay, here is the answer…it is the tomato cages! I put them in upside down! I thought the big round end should be buried in the ground. And the look should be like an upside down ice cream cone. Turns out that is not the case. The spikes should be in the ground and it should look just like an ice cream cone, getting wider at the top! Can you say “duh?” Someone in the “know” (my sister-in-law) visited my garden and made the change for me.  Now my tomatoes will have room to grow.

Since we are on the subject of tomatoes, here is a tomato poem for you from my book Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies.


Grape tomatoes

Vine tomatoes

Steak tomatoes too


Red tomatoes

Green tomatoes

I know what to do


Dice them, slice them

Mince them, seed them

Put them on a plate


Eat them, feed them

To yourself…

They taste really great!


eggplantLet’s talk about eggplant for the rest of the week. We will discuss recipes, poems and art…let’s begin!

We are starting with a poem and illustration from my book Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies – Where Healthy Eating Starts With a Poem.

I love this silly poem…and when I first recited it to my children, some five years ago, they were worried that the last line in the poem would fool children into thinking eggplant really comes from eggs. So far, all the kids I read to get the joke.  Phew!


Crack an egg

Mix it up

Shells and yolk and all

Dig a hole

In the ground

Just as wide as tall

Pour the egg

In the hole

Using love and care

Cover it

Up with dirt

Water, sit and stare

See a leaf

Sprout right up

Don’t say that you can’t

Now you ask

What it is?

Naturally, eggplant

If you don’t believe me

Then go ask your mother

If you do believe me

I’ll tell you another


WatermelonOn this beautiful day, I can’t help but think of eating outdoors, barbecues, and of course a dessert of watermelon! Cold, juicy, sweet and naturally delicious! And perhaps a contest afterward, to see exactly whom can spit a slippery, black watermelon pit the farthest! The only time spitting is okay, right? Let me be honest here…the winner will not be be!  But I will have fun trying! Enjoy this poem from my book Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies!


Every time I take a bite

To cure my hearty appetite

Watermelon juicy sweet

Drips down my chin and to my feet

Drip, dribble, spit and spath

I love a watermelon bath

Bok Choy Painting and Poem!

VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100Good morning all you fruits and veggies lovers! As I promised here is my watercolor painting of Bok Choy. I wrote the poem and painted the picture for my next book MORE Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies – the sequel to Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies. This special, healthy book isn’t published yet…seeking publisher now…don’t want to self-pub this time.  Any publishers/editors out there checking out this blog? Healthy Eating Starts With a Poem? Read Healthy…Eat Healthy? Ping me.

Bok Choy

Oh boy

With joy


Bok Choy

Cut it

Shred it

Bok Choy won’t you

Get it



Mix into the

Bok Choy

Add salt

Add sweet

If you want to

Add heat

A crunch

With punch

On some Bok Choy

Please munch

Zucchini Poem


from Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies

(and in honor of yesterday being National Zucchini Bread Day!)

Zucchini is a lovely word

It rolls right off your tongue

Zucchini is a melody

A word that should be sung

Bellowed LOUD or whispered soft

Say it either way

It’s almost operatic

In a veggie sort of way

Sing out loud and you’ll agree

There is no squash to beat it

But after all the singing

Kindly slice it up and eat it!