The Best Fruits To Buy During Spring


On March 20th, we officially say goodbye to winter and welcome in the spring. As a natural period of rebirth, this time of year offersproduce aficionados access to the newlyharvested fruit. Spring fruit availability diversifies the diet and provides access to macronutrients which the body needs to function.  

Here Are Eight Of The Best Fruits To Buy During Spring.

Apricots: Spanish explorers receive the credit for introducing Americans to apricots. At only 48 calories per one cup consumed, a freshly picked apricot provides your body with 12% of Vitamin A and C as well as 6% of your recommended daily potassium. This fruit contributes to a healthy immune system while also introducing antioxidants that promote health and well-being.

Blueberries: Did you know that only ten states produce 98% of the blueberries in the United States? These berries are also native to the Americas. While availability to South American varieties endsin March, North American blueberries begin to arrive in produce markets in April. This fruit provides a wealth of antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, E, and K which are critical for healthy vision,memory, andbrain cell activity.  

Honeydew: This fruit originated in Africa, but it appeared in the colonies during the 17th-century. It consists of 90% water, so it has only 60 calories per cup consumed. It contains vitamins B and C, copper, niacin, and potassium. It also offers health benefits including hydration, bone strength, immunity, and weight maintenance.

Mango: This fruit came from Asia to California in the late 1800s. One cup of mango is about 100 caloriesand offers access to vitamins A, C, beta-carotene, calcium, and iron. Benefits include healthybones, blood pressure, cell function, and regularsystem function.

Kumquats: The kumquat is native to Asia, but it was introducedto the Americas around the 1850s. Consuming one cup is about 70 calories. Nutrients include vitamin A, C, E, K, calcium, folates, magnesium, and potassium. Kumquats provide a host of benefits including skin, bone strength, and body function like nerve, immune, and digestive health.  

Limes: This citrus fruit came to the U.S. from SE Asia. Of all the fruits listed, the lime is quite possibly the most versatile on the list.A quarter cup of lime or lime juice is only 13 calories so can either be served as a healthy snack, a delicious drink, or as aflavoringfor food because of its salty flavor. While it has dozens of vitamins and minerals, the most significant include vitamin A, B complex, C, calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus, and potassium. The body benefits from improved digestion, skincare, vision, and weight loss. In addition to the digestion system, the kidneys and respiratory systems sustain health benefits.

Pineapple: This fruit was introducedin America at the turn of the 19th-century from South America.Along with an exoticly sweet taste, there areonly 82 calories in one cup.As pineapples have a wealth of vitamins and antioxidants, they provide health benefits to the skeletal, immune, and digestive systems.

Strawberries: Strawberries initially came from Europe. It is a healthy snack since one berryconsists of 91% water, soone cup equates to only 50 calories. It is packed with vitamins and minerals like Vitamin B6, B9, C, E, K, Iron, Potassium, and Manganese which promotes immunity, cell functionality, smooth skin, and blood pressure. 

As the shelf life is short, finding ways to conserve produce is an ideal way to maximize health and financial benefits.

Steve Horrell