Back to Back Issues Page
The 7 Best Fruits to Eat All Winter!
February 17, 2012
Marilyn and I hope you're well and adding natures super foods to your diet in 2012!


Today we thought we'd share with you our list of 7 best fruits to eat all winter.


Fiber-rich fruit is great for warding off heart disease, strokes and other chronic diseases.

Here's what to look for when your local orchards shut down for the season.

Apples

It's getting to be that time of year when your options for local, seasonal fruits are either apples or…apples.

Citrus growers haven't gotten a really tasty crop yet, and 90 percent of what's in your grocery store has been shipped in from far, far away, devoid of any taste or nutrition.

But, unless you're branching out to specialty grocery stores, you could be missing out on some of the most nutritious, unique fruits, that are available this time of year.

Certain varieties of tropical and citrus fruits, which are grown somewhat locally in places like Florida and Hawaii, have the highest levels of heart-healthy antioxidants of any fruit, so you can still make your heart happy without having to pollute the planet with fruit flown in from another hemisphere.

Kumquats

Pop 'em like candy.

The tiny little olive-sized citrus fruits are full of disease-fighting antioxidants, which are contained in their sweet, edible skin.

A serving of five (which is about five calories) also contains one-fifth of your daily fiber needs, along with a healthy dose of potassium and vitamins-A and C.

The most commonly found variety is the Nagami, and California and Florida are home to most domestic crops, which peaks between November and March, and the fruits are super-versatile.

Slice up a kumquat and toss it into a salad, or use that instead of hassling with orange zest when your recipes call for that; kumquats lend a more refined, complex flavor to your dishes.

Diced kumquats and avocado make a great salsa when mixed with red onion, cilantro and lime.

At the market, look for firm fruits that are bright orange in color (green ones aren’t ripe), and store kumquats at room temperature for two or three days, or for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

Carambolas, or Star Fruit

Exotic fruits are generally higher in vitamin-C, higher in potassium, and lower in calories than domestic fruits, and carambolas, or star fruits, are no exception.

High in inflammation-lowering polyphenols, they're also great for your heart and full of fiber.

Most of the star fruits you'll see in stores now come from Hawaii or Southern Florida.

Look for firm, shiny, evenly-colored yellow fruit.

Handle with care, as star fruits bruise easily, and ripen them at room temperature for a few days until light brown ribs form and a full, fruity aroma develops, then refrigerate them for up to a week.

Aim for deep yellow skin with browning on the edges.

This is when they're sweetest.

Some people will use the (underripe) green ones, since they are tart, as a substitute for limes in drinks.

The carambola’s taste has been described as a cross between citrus, apple and pear, and you can just eat them as is, or slice them into fruit salads.

Sliced thin and dried in an oven on low heat, they also make great between meal snacks.

Quinces

They may look like their relatives, apples and pears, but quinces are much healthier and may actually help ward off the flu.

With twice the vitamin-C of its native relatives, quinces are also high in anti-viral phenolic compounds that have been found to combat the influenza virus.

The Chinese quince variety has the highest levels of those flu-fighters, but you'll also get some benefit from California’s Pineapple quinces and the East Coast's Orange and Smyrna varieties.

The short quince season lasts from September until December. To find them, check out Latino, Asian and Middle Eastern markets, specialty grocers and farmer’s markets.

The fruits taste best when cooked, so add them to long-cooked savory stews or roasts or use them in any dish you might use cooked apples or pears.

Rambutans

In Hawaii, the decline of the sugarcane plantations has led to a burgeoning specialty fruit industry, and antioxidant powerhouses rambutans, lychees and longans are now grown there.

The rambutan, also known as hairy lychee or hula berry, is a tropical treat when summer's lychees aren’t in season; their season runs from September through March.

They might even be better for you than green tea.

Rambutans have higher levels of the antioxidant flavanoids and anthocyanins, both of which are believed to reduce risk of chronic diseases and cardiovascular problems.

They also contain lots of iron and calcium.

Look for rambutans in Asian and other specialty markets, and handle them with care as they’re fragile, and keep only a day or two at room temperature.

If you’re not eating them right away, place in a perforated plastic bag and refrigerate.

To enjoy them, simply peel and pop into your mouth, or add them to a fruit platter; you can cut the top half of the skin off to reveal the fruit, leaving the bottom half of the skin as a decorative holder.

Longans

Another relative of the lychee, longans are native to China but now are grown in Hawaii and in Puerto Rico.

Stock up on them this time of year because they've traditionally been used to settle upset stomachs and fever reducers, making them great natural flu remedies, and like their relatives, longans are high in disease-fighting antioxidants.

Also known as “dragon’s eye," it's easy to see why, the fruits have a black seed centered in translucent white flesh, and they taste similar to a chewy grape.

You can find Hawaii-grown longans in Asian markets nearly year-round.

Store them in the refrigerator in a perforated plastic bag for a week or two.

You can simply rinse, peel and seed longans to eat as snacks, or add them to fruit salads and desserts.

But don't toss the seeds!

They have a high saponin content and thus can be used as soap or even shampoo.

Persimmons

A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that a persimmon a day could be better for your heart than an apple, because they contain significantly higher concentrations of the dietary fiber, minerals and phenolic compounds that prevent atherosclerosis, a leading cause of heart disease, heart attacks and stroke.

An added bonus: the antioxidants in persimmons can help control diabetes and the cell damage it causes.

Their flavor and texture has been compared to plums or apricots, with spicy undertones, and you can use just the pulp or the entire fruit in holiday puddings, pureed in ice creams, breads and cakes.

But try them in savory dishes, too, like salsas, stir-fries and salads.

Asian Pears

Though their softer Bosch relatives are long gone by now, hard-when-ripe Asian pears are perfect for cold storage and easy to find in farmer's markets and grocery stores this time of year.

Why that's a good thing?

Asian pears have significantly more fiber than other pear varieties, so chomping down on one a day is good for your heart and wards off diabetes.

Select the most fragrant, unblemished Asian pears when shopping; a sweet scent is the best indication that the pears are ripe.

They can be kept for up to a week at room temperature or up to three whole months in the fridge.

Thanks to their sweet pear flavor and crunchy texture, Asian pears are perfect additions to salads, and are delicious grated into slaws.

They work well in place of apples in all kinds of recipes, from holiday stuffings to baked dishes.

Try sautéing them to serve alongside meat entrées.

Unfortunately, that's all the time we have for today.

We hope enjoyed and found some value in this Edition!

Until next time, we want you to,

Live Longer & Live Younger!

You can do it with Amazon Thunder Acai

Each bottle of organic pulp puree is equivalent to approximately 3.5lbs of the highest solids, pure, unfiltered, un-clarified, organic and kosher acai pulp.

Don't be misled by other products that are nothing more than a splash of low grade acai filled with water and other fillers.

we all love it, including the kids!

Organic and Kosher certified.

Excellent antioxidant and immune system booster plus great for re-hydration and long term energy without the crash.

This product is also an excellent natural anti-inflammatory.


Amazon Thunder is packed full of phytonutrients & antioxidants with very high ORAC scores.

Antioxidants help prevent heart disease and prevent free radical toxin damage as well as promote healthy cell regeneration and help to boost the immune system by flushing dangerous toxins.

Amazon Thunder Acai Pulp Puree is unrefined, unfiltered, pure 100% Brazilian organic acai pulp.

There's no added sugar.

Instead, it's sweetened with just a touch of organic concord whole grape puree (note: this is not grape juice.)

The organic concord whole grape puree also adds it's own benefit to the product.

Resveratrol is naturally occurring in concord grapes and is an amazing extra bonus and super antioxidant that has many documented health benefits.

And it's also preservative free.

~ Because You're Worth It! ~

Just Click the I-phone Pic!


And, if you haven’t been to our website, natures-health-foods.com

in a while, you’ll want to check out some of our new and informative articles!


Obligatory Legal Notice: While all attempts have been made to verify information provided in this publication, neither the authors nor the Pro-Fit Group assumes any responsibility for errors, omissions or contrary interpretation of the subject matter herein. This publication is an information product and is not intended as a source to replace your own professional or otherwise advice. All users are advised to retain the services of competent professionals. The reader of this publication assumes responsibility for the use of these materials and information. The author and publisher assume no responsibility or liability whatsoever on the behalf of any reader of these materials.

You should not substitute information on the "natures-health-foods.com” web site for professional advice.

This web site provides general educational information. This information is not provided in the course of a professional relationship between a health care provider and the recipient. It is not intended to be, and should not be used as, a substitute for medical treatment by a health care professional.

Back to Back Issues Page