“Their produce is always brown and wilted.”

English Lesson: Their produce is always brown and wilted.

You're talking with a friend who lives in your neighborhood about a grocery store nearby. You don't like the store because their fruits and vegetables are never very fresh. You say this to your friend.

Their produce is always brown and wilted.

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produce

"Produce" is fruits and vegetables that are being sold somewhere. You only call fruits and vegetables "produce" when they're in a store or market. After you buy them and bring them home, it's more common to call them "fruits and vegetables".

The word "produce" is pronounced with stress on the first syllable:

produce

There's also a verb, "to produce something", which is pronounced differently with stress on the second syllable:

produce

wilted (vegetables)

When plants get "wilted", it means that they become too soft. For example, if you can squeeze a carrot and it feels soft on the outside, it's "wilted". Lettuce is wilted if the leaves fall over instead of standing up when you hold one up. Being "wilted" is almost always a bad thing for vegetables.

Some vegetables aren't often described as "wilted", like tomatoes, potatoes, or onions. Usually long, thin vegetables or leafy vegetables are described as "wilted".

Plants can wilt as well as vegetables. Plants usually wilt when they haven't been given enough water.