A look at the range of useful foods and materials we get from plants, such as wicker for baskets, wheat for bread, and oil made from nuts and seeds. Even the rubber in a pair of rubber gloves comes from a tree. The presenter walks around a supermarket discovering the useful foodstuffs and materials, including the three items we get from a coconut.

First broadcast:
18 September 2007

After watching the clip, ask children to discuss what parts of plants we actually eat or use and get them to start sorting these by using more advanced criteria such as “root used” or “fruit eaten”. Alternatively children could start to consider why certain plants or fruits can only be grown in certain countries by considering climates and soil conditions. among other things.