The warmer months are not the only time of year when fruits are in season. Different fruit varieties are available year-round, depending on the season. Even when fall comes to an end, winter brings a new crop of fresh fruits! Let’s dive into which fruits are best during which seasons.
Smack in the middle of fall, we know apples are thriving right now, though certain varieties will peak more into the winter months. Pears and persimmons are also in season throughout the fall months, some pick-you-own farms even have pears near the apple orchards! Both fruits have anti-inflammatory properties and offer an abundance of antioxidants and vitamins, such as vitamin C and vitamin A.
With winter comes our citrus fruits! Lemons, oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, you name it! Citrus fruits are the ultimate vitamin C providers, but they also offer lots of other health benefits. They are packed with plant compounds, which provide anti-inflammatory effects and antioxidants. Citrus fruits can also help prevent kidney stones and fight off cancer thanks to the antioxidants and plant compounds.
Who doesn’t love the flora and fauna returning to life after the winter months? Spring brings back some of our favorite berries, such as strawberries, along with the introduction of some stone fruits. Many tropical fruits like mangoes and pineapple also return with the spring season. Strawberries and cherries in spring are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that can ward off cancer and other diseases. Cherries, in particular, can help manage blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Last, but not least, summer embarks the official return of our berries and stone fruits from blackberries and blueberries to peaches and nectarines! Blueberries are one of the tiniest but mightiest fruits, packed with essential nutrients while aiding digestion and reducing the risk of chronic diseases. Meanwhile, peaches and nectarines are both super high in fiber and boost gut health. All in all, you can’t go wrong with any of the summer fruits!