“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” This saying is something that we’re sure most of you have heard at least once in your lives. And honestly, there’s quite a bit of truth to that. Well, to be specific, eating fruits and vegetables can go a long way toward ensuring that you’re happy and productive during this upcoming spring.
Fruits and vegetables can provide a multitude of minerals and vitamins that help keep your body in tip-top shape and they’re also a fantastic source of fiber which is really good for heart and gut health. Fruits and veggies are great for your hair, teeth, and skin too.
Case in point – you’ll want to eat at least a few of them so that your body can hold itself together. We’ve got a list of 6 fruits and vegetables down below for you – some of which are on the exotic side – for you to try out this coming spring.
Our first suggestion is the delightful pluot – the result of a farmer-geneticist named Floyd Zaiger cross-breeding plums and apricots via hand pollination. Pluots have only 80 calories, are a source of potassium, vitamin C, and have a natural sugar composed of fruit sugar, fiber, and fructose. As a result, they’re good for your heart, can help reduce blood pressure and alleviate the symptoms of – or lower your chances of suffering from – osteoarthritis.
Mini watermelons are watermelons the size of cantaloupes and are really juicy, sweet and crisp. These deep pink (or deep red) fruits can be served pretty much any way that a traditional watermelon can (you can cube them, serve them in balls or cut them up into fruit salads). Mini watermelons can help keep your immune system, vision, and cellular growth healthy due to their vitamin A content. They also contain vitamin C, which as we’ve said before, is good for heart health and the prevention of osteoarthritis.
These are rather small (and frankly, cute), roundish and yellow (white or green) squash that can be easily cut and cubed into smaller pieces. They can be stuffed, roasted, and make a good replacement for zucchini if you hate it. Known also as pattypan, custard or cymling squash; they have a flavor similar to olive oil or butter and are low in calories.
This native Mexican fruit has no cholesterol or saturated fats and the peel has got plenty of nourishing fiber. The sunburst fruit actually has more vitamin A than zucchini, by the way. You know, in case you wanted another reason to try out some pattypan in your zucchini recipe.
Ok, so all of what’s on this list isn’t going to be things that you may not be super familiar with or may have never heard of before. We did say that some of them were exotic. Asparagus is that bright green (or white and purple) and long vegetable that looks vaguely like a paintbrush. It tastes kind of earthy and mild when it’s fresh, old asparagus can be rather sour and tart.
This vegetable goes well with pretty much anything, really, and has a pretty low caloric intake. Asparagus has a lot of our good friends, fiber & vitamins C and A. There’s also a good source of vitamin K which is how your body is able to keep your bones healthy and clot your blood in case of injury. Asparagus is high in folate as well. Folate is a nutrient that helps facilitate healthy pregnancies.
Mangoes are sweet and juicy – if a bit messy – tropical fruit and are, as a result, good for dishes that are sweet or savory. You can make smoothies and salads and even tuna tacos chock full of mango. That said, eating it on its own is a legitimate option too. Mangoes contain few calories and provide fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C.
They’re an excellent source of potassium which reduces blood pressure and makes osteoporosis less terrible by reducing symptoms and even helping to prevent it. There’s a study that shows that mangoes have the ability to decrease the size of cancerous tumors and there’s even one that shows how mangoes were able to stop the advancement of a kind of breast cancer called ductal carcinoma.
If you’re not familiar with this seeming love child of a potato and a turnip, the Jicama (Mexican yam bean or Mexican turnip) is a tuberous plant native to – as you may have guessed – Mexico. It’s starchy, but despite its potato-like appearance, it’s got a surprisingly sweet and nutty flavor. The peel is edible but is usually thrown away because of how tough it is.
Jicama can be made into french fries, salads and is very nutritious. It’s got vitamin C, fiber, folate, and iron which is important as it’s needed for the hemoglobin in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout your body. The Mexican turnip is conducive to good gut health and can make your heart healthier.
There’s a plethora of spring fruits and vegetables that one can eat aside from the 6 that we’ve put on this list. If there are any of them that you know of and want to share with everyone reading this, tell us about them in the comments below! We like hearing from you and we’re sure everyone else would like to know some of your edible expertise too.