Fruits of Summer
With summer upon us, there is an abundance of fruits available that make them all the perfect, healthy summer snack. Be sure to consult your physician or dietician before making any changes to your diet.
Apricots – Apricots are rich in potassium and magnesium which help supply stamina. They contain vitamin C, iron and beta carotene. They are fairly firm with bright orange color. Keeping them in the fridge will make them last a bit longer. Rinse and wash apricots before eating.
Strawberries – Buy sweet smelling strawberries that are red in color without any white or green spots. Strawberries are full of vitamin C, potassium, sodium and iron as well as being low in calories. Do not remove the stem of fruit while storing it in the fridge. Before eating, rinse gently under cold running water.
Raspberries – Good source of vitamin C, vitamin A and fiber. They are high perishable and should be refrigerated if not eaten immediately. Gently rinse the raspberries under cold running water and dry them on paper towels before serving.
Watermelons – Mostly water so they are low in calories. Excellent source of vitamin C, potassium and high in pectin. Watermelon has dark green skin and bright red colored flesh. Uncut fruit should be stored in a cool place, while cut watermelon should always be tightly wrapped, refrigerated and used within a day.
Cherries – Dark cherries are high in nutritional value, packed with enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Chilling not only preserves them, but also makes them more flavorful. Simply rinse cherries in cool water and drain on paper towel until they are ready to be eaten.
Pineapples – Powerhouse of minerals, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, calcium and iron. They have loads of vitamin C and are an excellent source of bromelain, an enzyme that helps digestion. The best fruit to be eaten is the one with strong sweet aroma. The color of the fruit skin should be dark golden color; leaves should be fresh and green with no brown or yellow tips.
Peaches – They are a rich source of beta-carotene and potassium and contain moderate amounts of vitamin C. Buy bright colored, firm peach with smooth skin and sweet aroma. They can ripen at room temperature. It is ideal to refrigerate the ripe ones and eat it within five days.