From the Tree, or from the Farmer’s Market to Your Mouth
By Cindia Martínez
Seasonal fruits are fresher, tastier, and more nutritious. Additionally, they are less expensive than fruits that are consumed out of season. They are less expensive because they can be bought directly from a local producer at the Farmers’ Markets. Local produce is much fresher and helps reduce environmental impact as it does not need to be transported long distances.
Blackberries and other berries (fruits of the forest)
“You are berry lovable”
These are plentiful in California, in season from May to October.
Berries—or fruits of the forest—including blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries, are a source of antioxidants (those that keep us young). These fruits are rich in potassium, magnesium (essential for patients with diabetes), vitamins C and K, fiber, and prebiotics (carbohydrates that help promote intestinal health and prevent colon cancer).
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”
In California, apples are more available in season from August to November.
Apples are high in vitamin C, which is necessary for the immune system. When consumed with the skin on—highly recommended by experts—they are a high source of fiber, which is ideal for intestinal health, colon cancer prevention, and keeping cholesterol levels under control.
Bananas are imported from our Latin American countries to California, and they are available all year round.
It is one of the most popular and accessible fruits. Bananas are a rich source of vitamin B6 or biotin, which is essential for the health of the hair, nails, and the nervous system. Additionally, it is a source of fiber, copper, magnesium, and vitamin C, among others. The American Medical Association considers bananas a superfood given its complete nutritional value.
“From half an orange, with love: You make me whole”
These are available all year round in California.
Like every citrus fruit, oranges are rich in vitamin C. They also contain fiber, potassium, calcium, vitamin B, copper, and anti-inflammatories. The nutrients in citrus fruits—including their skin, which can be used in different recipes or infusions—have protective effects on heart health and improve cholesterol levels as well as blood vessel function.
Isn’t life grape!
Grapes are available all year round in California, especially in season from July to November.
Grapes have anti-inflammatory properties, which prevent cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, some types of cancer, as well as intestinal inflammation. These succulent fruits are filled with fiber, vitamins C and K, as well as resveratrol antioxidant, which is mostly found in red grapes. Grapes contain plenty of natural sugar; hence, they are recommended in small portions of no more than 1 cup a day.
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