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Whether as a small snack between meals or a delicious pudding – in summer, fresh fruit just tastes wonderfully refreshing. As part of a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle, you should be eating two portions of fruit (125g each) a day. Plump berries, juicy plums or aromatic cherries: We’re going to tell you about six summer fruits and what nutrients they contain.e body, the foods that contain it and how much of this sweet substance you can enjoy without having a guilty conscience.
Raspberries, currants, blackberries and blueberries are summertime top picks. They don’t just taste delicious, but also provide lots of fibre – blackcurrants can boast 6.8g of fibre per 100g. When it comes to vitamin C content, too, blackcurrants come out top, though other berries are also good sources of vitamin C. You can tell when berries are fresh because they shine and are round and plump. Be careful how you transport them, because small fruit is very sensitive to being squashed. It’s best to wash them as soon as you get home and then eat them immediately. Otherwise, please store them somewhere cool. Ensure that you wash forest fruits such as blueberries or cranberries very thoroughly, since small insects can cling to the surface. Feeling peckish? Why not try our Berry Cocktail?
Plums taste wonderful as an accompaniment to dishes involving quark or dumplings. Savoury meat dishes give them a special flavour. Plums taste best when ripe. Opt for fruits with a deep colour that aren’t too hard. You can also spot fresh plums by their wax bloom. This thin, waxy coating ensures that the fruits don’t dry out too quickly and thereby keeps them fresh for longer. Always wash plums thoroughly before eating to remove any dirt. Plums also work very well in savoury dishes. Why not try Roast Turkey Stuffed with Plums? Bon appetit!
Who can resist plump cherries on a market stand or in the supermarket? You can happily munch away on these red fruits, because they contain vitamin C and folic acid. Make sure when buying them, however, that the stalks are green: the greener they are, the fresher the fruit. The fruit should also be free of bruises and look plump and shiny. Are you worried about drinking water when eating cherries? Don’t worry: you can drink water without worrying. People used to think that the combination of drinking water while eating stone fruit would lead to stomach aches. Nowadays we know that this old wives’ tale stems from a time when drinking water came from a stream and wasn’t very clean. The micro-organisms, e.g. yeast, contained in the water led to fermentation in the stomach. Nowadays we don’t have to worry about this anymore. Fruit can be used to whip up all sorts of delicious chutneys. Why not try Cherry Chutney?
The pear: a genuine jack-of-all-trades
Did you know that there are thousands of different varieties of pear? The main varieties grown in Germany today include Alexander Lucas, Conference and Williams. This summer fruit is not just universally popular, but is also a source of fibre. Pears contain a lot of chromium, too – this mineral is important for metabolising carbohydrates, fat and protein. Do not store them with other fruit and vegetables, because they emit the harmless ripening gas ethylene. This accelerates the maturation process of other fruit and can make them spoil more quickly. You can, however, also make positive use of this, since hard avocados, for example, will ripen faster when placed near to pears. Are you familiar with tarte tatin? The wafer-thin, upside-down apple tart from France also tastes wonderful with pears. Try our Tarte Tatin with Pears.
Grapes: a late summer delicacy
Did you know that people living in the Mediterranean have a greater life expectancy? Grapes could be part of the reason for this. They feature regularly on the menu, alongside other nutritious foods. This round fruit contains folic acid, which keeps the immune system in good order and which can also contribute to mental ability. Ideally, keep grapes in the fridge at around 5 degrees – you can store them like this for up to 14 days. Are you looking for a certain something to add to a salad? Try adding grapes – Grape and Radicchio Salad with Parma Ham.
Apricots: natural sun protection
Apricots are a wonderful treat, especially in summer as summer fruits are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted internally into vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential both for sight and also for healthy skin and mucous membranes. Always buy ripe fruit, because the riper the fruit the more beta-carotene it will contain. The more golden and ripe the apricot is, the more nutrients it will contain. Check the fruit’s skin, too: if it’s smooth and soft, the apricot is fresh and ripe. A ripe apricot also gives off a strong perfume. Alternatively, you can try the squeeze test: the skin should give a little when gently squeezed. Do you like the sound of a refreshing sorbet? We can wholeheartedly recommend trying Apricot and Madeira Sorbet.