Summertime is a great time to save some money on produce at the grocery store. Take advantage of the many opportunities to by local, fresh fruit because it’s in season! There are a variety of fruits that have a summertime growing season. Check out the list below!
Apricots: A delicious fruit packed with fiber. Apricots are a great choice for a summertime fruit. They are filled with not only easy to digest fiber, but calcium, potassium and high amounts of vitamin C—which help with immunity and inflammation.
Strawberries: A summertime food packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C, potassium and manganese. They also play a part in lowering your cholesterol and raising your HDL (good cholesterol).
Watermelon: This fruit is packed with water, 95 percent to be exact—it’s a great fruit to eat to keep you hydrated in the hot, summer sun. Watermelon is a good source of vitamins B, A, and C, as well as a great source of lycopene (good for preventing heart disease).
Cantaloupe: Another fruit in the melon family that is packed with water and many vitamins is cantaloupe. Cantaloupe provides a high amount of vitamin A which helps produce healthy skin and vision in your body.
Plums: Certainly a summertime fruit, plums are a delicious addition to any meal. Plums are packed full of antioxidants and are high in vitamin C and fiber. One plum is only 30 calories.
Cherries: Cherries are a popular choice come mid-July because they are finally affordable! Cherries are a sweet treat packed full of antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin C. Cherries contain many anti-inflammatory properties helping to reduce heart disease.
Peaches: Fresh peaches are tasty in a yogurt parfait or with a side of cottage cheese. Peaches are high in potassium—helping regulate blood pressure, as well as high in a variety of vitamins and minerals. Lastly, the skin of the peach adds a bit of fiber to your diet.
Pineapple: Pineapple is a tasty, juicy tropical fruit popular in the summer time. A serving of pineapple contains over half of your vitamin C for the day and is also high in the minerals manganese and copper. Pineapples contain an enzyme called Bromelain—said to help with blood clotting.
Mango: A very versatile fruit—it can be used in a sweet dish, savory dish, for grilling, baking, or eaten by itself. Mangos contain 100 percent of your vitamin C, 20 percent of your folate, and 35 percent of your vitamin A for the day.
Blueberries: Considered a superfood, blueberries are small but mighty. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants associated with brain and memory function. Blueberries also contain ellagic acid—a compound containing anti-cancer properties.
Raspberries: Raspberries contain a antioxidant called zeaxanthin which is said to help with eye health, particularly macular degeneration. Also, like blueberries, raspberries are said to have antioxidants associated with memory function.
Blackberries: Another in the berry family, blackberries are low in calories and packed with vitamins and minerals—particularly vitamin C, manganese, and fiber. Like other berries, blackberries also have protective health benefits and antioxidants helping with memory function.