Temperatures start to rise 🌡and we already have the fruits of this season in the markets, the ones I like the most. Although it is true that many of these fruits can be found in supermarkets throughout the year, it is recommended that we buy each fruit in its corresponding season.
Now I feel much more like eating fruit, at all hours. I eat it all year round, but the spring-summer fruit … is a delight, a natural and healthy treat.
First of all, it is essential to say that it is necessary and totally recommended to eat fruit. That the fruit is healthy and beneficial. It provides us with many vitamins and a number of nutrients. You know that I am very aware of the added sugar in food. Fruits contain sugars, to a greater or lesser extent they are usually a source of carbohydrates. But we must know how to distinguish the sugar that we have to avoid. We will avoid added sugar, refined sugar and all those derivatives, such as high-fructose corn starch and many others. The sugar that comes naturally in fruits is healthy and we should not be afraid when eating them. Also, I recommend eating the piece of fruit as a juice, because we will lose the natural fiber and it is highly recommended.
Why consume seasonal fruits?
Because it is the ideal time to consume each variety, it comes from our own country, from cultivation to the market. In a perfect state of maturation and freshness. In addition, by not having to import them from other countries or resort to crops with fertilizers and/or greenhouses with special treatments, the price is much lower.
Having said that, we go over the typical fruits of each season. Let’s go!
To be more specific, we will take two-month stages. You should bear in mind that these are fruits from Spain and species grown and consumed in this country.
Avocado, kiwi (remember that there is a very high quality national kiwi), strawberry and strawberry, raspberry, lemon, mandarin, apple, orange, pear, banana and grapefruit.
Avocado, raspberry, strawberry and strawberry, kiwi, lemon, tangerine, apple, orange, pear, banana and grapefruit.
Apricot, breva, cherry, plum, strawberry and strawberry, lemon, peach, melon, orange, nectarine, loquat, Paraguayan, banana and watermelon.
Apricot, breva, cherry, plum, fig, mango (also national), apple, peach, melon, quince, nectarine, Paraguayan, pear, banana and watermelon.
Persimmon, custard apple, raspberry, pomegranate, fig, kiwi, tangerine, mango, apple, peach, melon, quince, nectarine, pear, banana and grape.
Avocado, persimmon, custard apple, raspberry. pomegranate, kiwi, lemon, tangerine, mango, apple, orange, pear, banana, grapefruit and grape.
Now, in the month of May, let’s see what fruits we have available in the market and what properties they have.
- Apricot 🍑: At the end of May. Most commercialized varieties are Moniquí, the currot and red gala. It has a large amount of water and low carbohydrates. Great fiber content, beneficial for intestinal transit, and beta-carotene, which is a great antioxidant. It is also a source of potassium.
- Cherry🍒: Its best time is in June, but at the end of May we will have it available. In our country, the crown jewel comes from El Valle del Jerte, where the Ambrunés variety of picota (cherry without tail) is mainly cultivated, although others such as Pico Negro, Pico Colorado or Burlat (with tail, that is, it is not pilloried). The cherry is rich in carbohydrates (fructose), vitamin C and above all it is an excellent source of antioxidants (flavonoids and polyphenols).
- Strawberry and strawberry🍓: What a month I have been eating strawberries! I love them ❤. Although there are several production areas in Spain, the Huelva area is the one with the highest production. The most consumed varieties are Camarosa (strawberry), Reina de Los Valles (strawberry), Tudela (strawberry), Cartuno (strawberry) and Carisma (strawberry). It is one of the main sources of vitamin C, which improves resistance to infections and helps the absorption of iron. It also contains vitamin E and other antioxidants. It provides a large amount of potassium and is low in sodium. It has a great diuretic power and has a good amount of fiber.
- Lemon 🍋: It is grown mainly in Levante (Valencia and Murcia mainly). The most consumed varieties in Spain are Primofiori and Verna. Essential source of Vitamin C and citric acid, making it a great antioxidant and anti-infective. It is a powerful astringent in cases of diarrhea. It is usually used as a dressing and in juices.
Breva: It is the first fruit of the fig tree, because from the second harvest, as long as it is Bifida (from two harvests), the fig is obtained. The breva is larger than the fig but less sweet. Present different colorations, from greenish to bluish and black. The most consumed varieties are Colar and goina. It has a large amount of sugars (sucrose, glucose and fructose), so it is of high caloric value. It also contains a lot of fiber, potassium and magnesium. Due to the fiber content, it has laxative properties and helps regulate cholesterol levels.
Plum: It is mainly cultivated in Aragón, Levante, Seville and Lérida. There are many varieties with different sizes and colors, more and less sweet. Claudia, the sweetest and most exquisite (green in color),
Golden Japan (yellow), Santa Rosa, reddish, juicy, sweet and large in size. Motley, purple, juicy, very sweet and with a strawberry-like flavor, Red Beauty, violet skin and fleshy yellow pulp, is more acidic. Plums contain a large amount of water and carbohydrates. It contains sorbitol, which has a laxative action. They also provide antioxidants and fiber.
Peach 🍑: In this same section, we will include the nectarines and Paraguayans, which are varieties that come from the same family as the peach. The peach par excellence in Spain is the DO Calanda, from Aragón, whose main variety is Late Yellow. It has a uniform orange-yellow color, without stretch marks, velvety and fine skin, juicy and sweet pulp and an intense and exquisite aroma. The other varieties, such as Baby Gold, May Crest, Merryl, Alexandra or Royal Glory, as well as nectarines (soft, shiny and smooth skin, and yellowish pulp of great sweetness and juiciness), Paraguayans (with velvety skin, flattened shape and juicy and whitish flesh with green and reddish tones) and the chilly or red peach, are grown in Murcia, Catalonia, Seville, Huelva, and Valencia. Despite its sweetness, it is not one of the fruits with more carbohydrates. It contains high fiber content, a wide range of vitamins and a large amount of carotene, very important for skin and hair.
Medlar: One of my favorites. In my grandmother’s patio, when I was little, a great loquat presided over the patio of the house and when this time came, I loved that my father would hand me a couple of them from the tree, wash them and eat them on the spot. That flavor, which will never be so good, transports me back to those years. Well, I’m leaving the theory. Introduced into Spain through the port of Sagunto by merchant sailors more than two thousand years ago. Most of the production is in Granada, Alicante (DO Callosa d’En Sarria) and Malaga. The two most cultivated varieties are the Algerian or Algar and the Tanaka. They are pear-shaped fruits, orange or orange-yellow in color, orange and juicy pulp with a pleasant sweet and sour flavor. Moderate caloric intake, a large amount of water and fiber (pectin) with great salient power. It provides a good dose of magnesium, potassium and calcium.
Banana 🍌: Here, the Canary banana is the star. Introduced to the archipelago in the XV century. The Cavendish variety is cultivated, although there are subspecies of different sizes and characteristics. The Canary Island banana is medium in size, with an intense yellow skin with characteristic black specks. Its pulp is juicier, sweeter and more aromatic than banana. High caloric value due to its carbohydrate content. Source of potassium, magnesium and folic acid. Great fiber content. It is a highly digestible fruit and perfect food for athletes. Come on Rafa!
Melon🍈: It is one of those typical summer fruits, although there is also some winter variety. It is a large fruit, with a hard rind and a very sweet and juicy pulp. It is cultivated mainly in the Spanish southeast, although the Villaconejos melon (Madrid) is well known. The main varieties are: Pieldesapo, large melon with a dark green rind, often with fine whitish reliefs as capillaries. Its pulp is delicious, sweet, crisp and juicy, white in color. Tendril, winter melon, grown mainly in Alicante. It is large in size, rounded or slightly elongated, with a hard, dark green bark that provides excellent preservation. The pulp is white and sweet. Honey dewar yellow melon, with a soft yellow rind, with a juicy white pulp, very sweet and crisp, sometimes with a yellowish tone. From Cuenca and southeast of the Peninsula. Gaul, medium in size and spherical in shape. Pale green bark, with yellowish tones and dense writing (relief as capillaries). Of pale green pulp, tender and very sweet. Cantaloupe, small/medium size, rounded shape, yellowish-green bark with paler longitudinal stripes from base to peduncle. Its pulp has a beautiful orange color, similar to pumpkin, and a very characteristic intense aroma. The melon is made up of 80% water and a moderate amount of sugars. Varieties with orange flesh have higher amounts of carotene. Source of potassium, magnesium and to a lesser extent, calcium. Very rich in sodium and vitamin C. It is often used in cooking accompanied by ham, for its fresh and sweet contrast with the salty and intense of the ham.
Watermelon🍉: Oh! The summer queen. It is seeing it in the market and feeling the heat coming. It captivates me. It is a large fruit with a hard rind and a pink, crisp, sweet and very juicy pulp. The main varieties consumed in Spain are Resistant, Sugar Baby and Dulce Maravilla, all of them with a very dark green rind and black seeds in their pulp. The Crimson SweetIt is known as striped watermelon, due to its lighter green rind than the previous ones, with darker shade stripes. Each time seedless varieties are gaining space in supermarkets, for the convenience of the consumer. You can hardly find in them some small white and soft seeds that are not appreciated when eaten. In addition, some varieties may have yellow flesh apart from the typical deep pink. The main varieties are: Reina de Corazon s, Apirena, Jack, Pepsin or the popular Fashion. If you see huge and watermelon watermelons with a streaky green color on TV or somewhere else, they are not Spanish and are known as “melons”. Due to its water content, it is a powerful moisturizer, two slices of watermelon are equivalent to a glass of water. It is indicated for weight loss, for its satiating power due to the water it contains and its low levels of sugars, despite its sweet taste. It is a source of lycopene, which has antioxidant and anticancer properties. It is a delight no matter where you look.
Well, after this very complete list, I can only reiterate that you take advantage of seasonal fruits, for health benefits, for the pocketbook and for the quality of the product. We are lucky to have a country that produces excellent fruits. Later, I will complete this information, progressively with the fruits of each season.
Ignore the myths, the melon can be eaten at night without a problem, it is not indigestible, you can also drink water after eating melon, solemn nonsense if it is 80% water, in short, many others that, if you want, You send them to me here, on Facebook or Instagram. And no, fasting lemon does not lose weight, it will only give you a wonderful heartburn. If you want to lose weight, I will never tire of saying it. Control what you eat, and move, move! Fruits and vegetables must be a fundamental part of our diet. Mix them with yogurt, at breakfast, add them to salads, snacks, mixing various fruits … there are endless possibilities. And remember that of the 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day.