If you live somewhere that gets cold, snowy and grey during the winter months, you might think that getting in season fruit would be difficult. But in actuality, there’s a whole cornucopia of seasonal produce that pop up during the winter months!
Many of these fruits are citrus-based, which means they’re just bursting with the kind of vitamins and minerals our bodies crave during these brisk and sometimes gloomy days. If you’re looking to add a pop of color to your smoothies, salads and snacks, look no further than these delectable winter fruits.
With varieties available between December and May, blood oranges look like a typical orange on the outside, but are usually dark red in color on the inside. Sweeter than a regular orange and usually less bitter, blood oranges have a healthy dose of Vitamin C, fiber and potassium. They’re also loaded with antioxidants.
A winter staple, pomegranate seeds are a sweet treat that go great in oatmeal, on salads and especially in smoothies! A full pomegranate provides about 70 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement, and those little seeds have a good amount of fiber. Pomegranate seeds are also known for their cholesterol-lowering properties.
At their peak December through April, kumquats are nature’s skittles! Native to the Asia-Pacific region, kumquats look like little oranges, and should only be bought when they feel firm when given a gentle squeeze. Full of fiber, beta-carotene and vitamin C, these cute fruits will keep your stomach full and your skin looking flawless.
A lot of people use cranberries during the holiday season and then forget about them, but they’re a wonderfully tart ingredient for everything from baked goods to savory dishes. The high amount of proanthocyanidins (PACs) in cranberries is the reason they’re so great at treating recurring UTIs; the PACs help to keep certain bacteria from sticking to urinary tract walls. Cranberries have also been shown to slow tumor progression in a few different kinds of cancers.
It’s said that the kiwifruit got its name because it resembles the kiwi bird of New Zealand (where the fruit was cultivated in the 19th century) . Low in calories but high in nutrients, kiwis have an abundance of vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. Because of the potassium in kiwis, they’re a great natural way to lower blood pressure. One study has even linked regular kiwi consumption to better and more restful sleep.
These little golden berries are available October through February, and the most common variety is the Japanese persimmon. They’re loaded with vitamins C and A, and are a great source of dietary fiber. Persimmons are also full of B vitamins, which means they’re perfect for keeping your energy and metabolism in check.
Tart but sweet at the same time, ruby red grapefruits are overflowing with vitamin C. They’re also a high fiber, low calorie fruit, which means they’re the perfect “keep you full all day long” breakfast. Additionally, grapefruits are great at helping your body become more alkaline.
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