The 5 best summer fruits

Summer fruits are the best option for breakfasts and snacks and even to consume between meals. As always, nature is wise and in each season it provides us with raw materials rich in healthy properties according to our seasonal needs.

Benefits of seasonal fruits in summer

Have you noticed what colors dominate the fruit stores in summer? Shades from yellow to red through purple, these are the fruits of summer in all their splendor.

This means that they are rich in flavonoids (the term comes from the Latin flavus, which means yellow), active ingredients that help:

  • Regulates blood circulation.
  • Stimulates kidney and liver function (purifying effect).
  • Protects against UV rays (has antioxidant properties).

When it's hot, fruit helps us compensate for the lack of minerals and vitamins to better cope with the heat. This is another reason to eat seasonal fruits and take advantage of all their benefits.

However, for the fruit to have all these properties, it is important that it is of high quality, produced locally, grown without the use of pesticides and, whenever possible, organic. In this way they develop active ingredients that work better and provide us with greater benefits.

Apricots, Damascus (Prunus armeniaca L.)

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It is a fruit native to the most temperate regions of Asia and Africa. It is appreciated for its flavor and texture and is used in a variety of food products, including dehydrated ones.

This fruit is also gaining great importance in the field of phytotherapy thanks to several properties, among which it stands out as an intestinal regulator thanks to its high content of pectin, a neutral substance that in the presence of water produces a gel that creates favorable conditions for intestines, protects the mucous membranes and plays the role of a mild laxative (also recommended for children).

Apricots also contain vitamins A and C, minerals (potassium and magnesium), and flavonoids.

Plum (Prunus domestica)

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This is another of the typical summer fruits, perhaps best known for its therapeutic laxative properties. Plums are rich in fiber, vitamins A, B, C and mineral salts (iron, calcium and potassium).

The fruit can be consumed fresh or dehydrated. There are dark red, yellow, sweeter or more acidic ones, all very tasty and with excellent properties.

To promote the laxative effect of plums, soak 3 dried plums overnight in a glass of water, eat them in the morning, and then drink the soaking water.

Cherries (Prunus avium L.)

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Their bright red color and refreshing flavor make cherries one of the most attractive early summer fruits.
This small fruit is a concentrated healthy food thanks to its high content of vitamin C and folic acid, minerals (magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and iron) and antioxidants (flavonoids and phenolic compounds).

Cherries have diuretic properties and help regulate intestinal function.

In phytotherapy, fruit stems are used, rich in potassium salts, salicylic acid derivatives, tannins and flavonoids. The decoction of dried flower stems (30/50 g mixed in 1 liter of water for 10 minutes) has heart tonic, diuretic, antipyretic and analgesic effects.

Figs (Ficus carica L.)

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This plant is native to Asia Minor, it was brought to Europe more than 4.000 years ago and today it is very popular in Mediterranean countries.

Traditional phytotherapy uses them in their treatments, fresh or dried. It is rich in sugars, minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium and bromine), vitamins A, B, C and D, in addition to containing abundant mucilage (in the seeds).

The fruit, consumed fresh or dried, as well as used in decoction, is indicated for the treatment of constipation, diseases of the upper respiratory tract, irritation and inflammation of the digestive organs (gastritis, colitis, stomatitis, pharyngitis, abscesses, gingivitis, etc. )

The latex of the leaf and fruit immature (green) is a skin irritant and can be applied topically to warts, protecting the surrounding areas with Vaseline to avoid reactions.

Vine (Vitis vinifera L.)

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This fruit, along with the fig, is a symbol of Mediterranean tradition. In addition to the fact that it is a seasonal fruit that can be easily found in the market during the summer, there are many varieties and it will surely be cheaper than other fruits during this time.

Like other berries, grapes provide antioxidants and other nutrients that are good for our health. It is a fruit that contains vitamin C and minerals such as potassium, copper and iron. Therefore, it is considered a fruit with high nutritional value.

Summer fruits protect us from heat and sun

In general, summer fruits are a source of vitamins, mineral salts and flavonoids that help us remineralize and protect ourselves against climatic stressors (wind, sun, heat). They are full of color and can easily be used for decoration and to create great recipes.

Of course there are many more fruits in the hot season such as peaches, watermelons, melons, pears and more! Choose those that are grown in your region under agroecological practices.

Now you know what to eat according to the season and choose the best healthy option.

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