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What fruits and vegetables are in season in December?
03 December 2019 @ 13:31

It has been shown that eating fruits and vegetables when they are in season is better all-round - for our health, our pockets and for the environment. One of the biggest advantages of eating produce which is in season locally is that production is much more ecological: transport costs are lower, local businesses and the local workforce benefit, boosting the local economy, and because the produce is at its optimum ripeness, it is tastier too.

In December, the first month of the winter season, there are not a lot of fruits in season, but the choice of vegetables is plentiful.

Avocados, kakis (persimmon), kiwis and grapefruits are some of the fruits that are at their best this month. 

Avocados are full of heart-healthy, unsaturated fat and numerous beneficial nutrients like vitamins E, C and A and minerals like calcium and potassium. Kakis are rich and sweet and full of beta-carotene and vitamin C, two powerful natural antioxidants that prevent premature ageing. Kiwis are well known for their natural laxative properties and are also rich in vitamin C and omega 3, one of the most beneficial oils for our bodies. Like other citric fruits, grapefruits are rich in vitamin C, but also contain other beneficial nutrients like folic acid and vitamin A. 

Lemons are also in abundance at this time of year and are one of the most useful fruits thanks to the large number of phytochemical compounds they contain. They can be used as an antioxidant, an astringent, an antacid... Mandarins are also widely available in December. Despite being part of the citrus family, they contain less vitamin C than other citric fruits but compensate by having not-insignificant levels of calcium, folic acid, betacarotene and a sweet flavour that kids love.

Read more at thinkSPAIN.com

 



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