Autumn is here and with it comes the cold weather. We get fewer sunny days, and we are starting to miss on our vitamin D. It is really important for our health to get as many vitamins as possible. That is why we should add more fruits to our diet, instead of only relying on the Halloween sweets to keep our mood up. What fruit is in season in November? Why should you eat seasonal fruits? Keep on reading to know all the benefits!
Let’s start by answering the ultimate question! Why is it good to eat seasonal fruits? Well, to be honest the first reason is that they will taste better when in season, since it is natural for them to be harvested during this time of the year. Another reason is that it is better for our health, since their nutritional value will be higher. Most of the vitamins and antioxidants will rapidly decline if the fruits are stored for a long time only to be consumed later. If they are in season, you will be getting all the good things out of them. We should also mention that seasonal fruits are cheaper, and you will save money if you choose to consume them. Let’s check out some of the best November fruits!
“One apple a day, keeps the doctor away!”, is one of my favorite sayings of all time. Apples are so beneficial for our health since they are very rich in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins. They can keep you full for a very long time, which can be good if you are struggling with weight loss. It is also proven fact that eating apples can decrease the risk of getting type 2 diabetes. Let’s not forget also all the great recipes that include this delicious fruit. You can make apple pie, muffins, jams, or include them in salads. You can choose from different flavors and colors. The most popular varieties are Pink Lady, Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, and Golden Delicious.
If we are going to talk about what fruit is in season in November, these beautiful bell-shaped fruits are another necessity to adapt in your healthy diet. Same as the apples, they can improve your gut health. They have great anti-inflammatory properties, which will lower the risks of diseases. They are very rich in potassium, vitamin C and fiber. Adding them to your diet will be easy, considering all the good dishes you can make with them. Pears go well with chicken, pork, or a salad with Gouda or brie cheese. To start your day with a healthy breakfast, you can make pear smoothie or add them in your oatmeal.
Did you know that the kiwis are actually considered berries? They originated in eastern China and were mainly cultivated in New Zealand. Now they are popular everywhere, with their nutritious values. They are very good for your immune system, and they can be helpful in supporting heart health and digestive system. They also contain properties that can lower your blood pressure. Very rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, Kiwis can be amazing as a treatment for asthma. How to eat it in your everyday life? You can make smoothies, fruit salads, kiwi popsicles, or add kiwi to your favorite yogurt.
To be honest, I have never tried kumquats, but I am looking forward to it. Kumquat is a citrus, that was first discovered in China in 1700’s and grew on a tree known as fortunella. Its skin is sweet, but the inside is sour. It looks like an egg-shaped tangerine. Some of the most famous kinds are Nagami, Marumi and Meiwa. Why is it good for us? Because it is very rich in vitamin C and fiber. Also, the fruit is low in fat and sodium. The exotic kumquats will allow you to get creative and the kitchen and trying adding it in a jam or a salad dressing. You can also make it pickled, or create the perfect kumquat salsa. I should also mention that it goes really well with chicken.
Pomegranates are the fruits of my childhood. I remember my grandma had a tree in her garden, and I remember I would wait for September to come, so I can enjoy them. Yes, they are good to eat in September to November. They have amazing health benefits, and are especially good for the heart. A pomegranate can really boost your immune system, and also is very rich in vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Some researches even claim that it can prevent cancer, since its antioxidants and flavonoids will stop free radicals to harm our cells. Let’s not forget to mention that it is one of the anti aging foods. Only the seeds are edible, as we know, and they taste sweet and sour. You can try adding it to your salads, yogurt, quinoa pudding, or even your hummus. Pomegranate juice is also very beneficial for our health.