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Kerry people love cucumbers ... What's your county's favourite veg?

Dubliners, meanwhile, plumpfor kale and avocado (fancy).
Mar 26th 2015, 9:38 PM 33,170 49

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Updated at 9.40pm

IRELAND’S FAVOURITE FRUITS and vegetables vary wildly from county to county.

While the people of Offaly eat potatoes and swedes, Sligonians prefer chillies and fresh herbs and in Donegal they at berries, oranges and sweet potato.

Supermarket chain Tesco have revealed the most purchased greens in their stores, with Dubliners plumping for kale and avocado over cabbage and apple.

With nearly 70 million sold in stores every year, bananas top the charts in most counties and just slip to second place in Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kildare and Mayo which favour fresh berries over bananas at the top of the fruit and vegetable charts.

Cauliflower and kale are the least popular across the country but that could all change this year with cauliflower tipped as a food trend for 2015.

Nutritionist Elsa Jones said that getting your fruit and vegetables will still help you be big and strong.

“It’s encouraging to see that Irish people are buying a wide variety of fruit and vegetables. Getting your five-a-day is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It’s also important to eat a variety of different coloured fruit and vegetables as each colour provides a unique set of nutrients. For optimal health, aim to eat the five colours of the rainbow every day – red, orange, yellow, green and purple.”

Read: Fancy growing your own? Here’s what to plant this week…

Read: A Definitive Ranking of Full Irish Breakfast Ingredients

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