They definitely ate fruit according to this article. Recently, paleoanthropologists found bits of date stuck in the teeth of a 40,000-year-old Neanderthal. There is evidence that much of the fruit we enjoy today has been around for millennia in the same form. “Plants developed sugary fruits millions of years ago so that sweet-toothed mammals would gobble them up and disseminate the seeds.” Not much has changed there then.
I find that when children help to grow and/or harvest their own food they are far more likely to eat it. Today we headed for a local pick-your-own farm and gathered strawberries, gooseberries and rhubarb, all varieties that can be found in the wild.
It’s fun picking the fruit but the only wild thing about our time at the farm was the weather, with torrential rain coming in bursts and starts and soaking us to the skin.
But once we were home and dried off, the fun continued as we experimented with our new electric juicer (another good way to make sure children get their five-a-day).