Summer is fast approaching (one could very well say it is here already) and with it comes a delectable selection of fruits to choose from. Shops have already started advertising combos and specials to get people in the mood.
Even though most fruits are available all year long, the months of December, January, February will reap some of the more exotic fruits and vegetables to make that yummy dish or dessert you’ve always wanted to. On the other hand, parents won’t be looking forward to cleaning their kids’ clothing that will most likely have fruity-based stains all over the place because summer fruits tend to be very juicy.
From a health point of view, most summer’s fruits feature antioxidants that protects against cancer and heart disease, supplies your body with needed nutrients and also helps with combating dehydration. Not all fruits taste nice so if you don’t like the taste of a certain fruit on its own, it can be blended together with other fruits to create an even more satisfying smoothie.
Almost all summer fruits like apricots, mangoes and peaches replicate the yellow of the sun so their appearances are fitting for the season. From a freshness point of view, it is better to choose locally grown produce instead of those that have to be brought in from countries far and wide.
We take a look at five of the most popular summer fruits and their health benefits:
Apricots – The tiny fruit is also known as a natural laxative that improves digestion, constipation and reduce cholesterol levels.
Mangoes – Besides (literally) dripping with flavour, mangoes contain vitamins A and C which is vital for keeping your immune system in top shape.
Plums – They can be eaten dried or fresh and contains more than 15 different vitamins and minerals, as well as being relatively low in calories which is perfect to snack on during weight loss.
Strawberries – The small red fruit is generally reserved for romantic picnics and is actually one of the healthiest options out there. It is a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin B9 and potassium that helps regulate blood sugar control.
Watermelons – Like the name suggests, it contains mostly water which aids in flushing out toxins in the body and is also packed with essential vitamins A, B6 and C.
Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local service information close to home.