Fruits, like vegetables, are a food of a high nutritional value Essential in any diet, since they are a source of vitamins, minerals and fiber and make us stay hydrated. In this sense, as part of a healthy diet low in fat, sugar and sodium, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends consume more than 400 grams of fruits and vegetables a day to improve general health and reduce the risk of certain noncommunicable diseases.
But it is not only important to include a large amount of fruits to our diet, but also the annual calendar of these, that is, knowing which to buy and at what time to acquire the best quality and proximity products. The seasonal ones are at their optimum moment, they cost less and with this you contribute to taking care of the planet.
Benefits of eating seasonal fruits
Although more and more fruits can be found throughout the year, the quality and flavor will not be the same as if they are eaten in season. In fact, eating seasonal foods, grown when the climate is most conducive to them, has numerous advantages:
• They have more flavor and nutrients. When grown in the climate that is most conducive to them – and not in a greenhouse – they can complete their natural cycle and better preserve their nutritional properties, flavor and aromas. The culture has not been forced nor have they been holding in cameras for a long time.
• They are more sustainable. It is easier to bet on locally produced food, for which less energy is wasted and, therefore, generates less carbon dioxide emissions. Thus, it helps to respect the natural production cycle, being more ecological and respectful of the environment.
• They are cheaper. Fruits that do not depend on being imported for marketing can be found at a better price.
Thus, it is important to take into account when they are in the optimal season for consumption. This is the calendar to know the best moment of each fruit that we can find in the market:
Spring starts the countdown to summer and the fruits get bigger and even juicier, so they give us that extra water that we will need as temperatures rise.
Thus, those that are in optimal season from June on are apricots, blueberries, figs, cherry, plum, raspberry, strawberry, currant, lychee, lemon, mango, peach, melon, nectarine and, later on, the fruits that ripen with the heat and others are added such as mango, Paraguayan, grapes or fig.