SUMMER FRUITS THAT WE LOVE
While there are several things we all dislike about summer – the hot sun, rising temperatures, power cuts, sweat – there’s one thing we all definitely love – the gorgeous abundance of summer fruits that flood the markets at this time! Here are our top picks – what are yours?
Red, juicy and crunchy – watermelons make for the perfect cooling summer fruit. Eaten as is or as a juice, it’s refreshing qualities are unparalleled! More than 90% of the fruit is made of water – great for hydration! – and they also are filled with other nutritional benefits like being rich in Vitamin A, C, B6, fibre and other important minerals.
The King of Fruits – need we say more? Creamy, sweet and the one fruit that is almost universally loved. Walk through any store selling mangoes and it’s hard not to get lost in the redolent aroma. Mangoes are also rich in a wide variety of vitamins as well as fibre and are also a great immunity booster. Mango juice, smoothie, salad, mousse, eat as is…. we can’t wait for summer!
If there is one fruit that is popular for its health benefits the world over, it has to be papaya! From salads, to sir fries and juices and smoothies, its versatility cannot be denied! Papayas are rich in Vitamin A as well a immunity-boosting Vitamin C. And the fruit is renowned for its skin- and gut-friendly properties!
Varying in texture from firm to soft and tangy to sweet in taste, plums are another summer delight. They are rich in dietary fiber and sorbitol – perfect for ensuring good digestive health! They can be eaten as is, used in desserts, salads and more. And did we forget about black plum or jamoon? A rich source of vitamins and minerals, jamoons are known for their immunity boosting powers.
As bright as the yellow and orange hues of summer – yes, we are talking about muskmelon! Rich in Vitamin A and beta-carotene, muskmelons are very good for eye health! And lest we forget. It’s high content of Vitamin C that makes it a great immunity booster. And while the fruit makes for a great addition in salads and smoothie, the seeds are a popular superfood!
The quintessential summer fruit, litchis delight with their texture as well as the flavour – a delicious juicy sweetness! Litchis are rich in vitamins and minerals, and are known for their immunity boosting powers. You know it’s summer when you see the delightful fruit with its hard red, knobbly exterior flood the markets!