When winter comes around, it’s less common to find really good fresh fruit. Because of that, our diets suffer, and we tend to eat less of the vitamins we need. To help combat that problem, we’ve compiled a list of fruits that are fresh and in season during the winter, and should be easily available through supermarkets.
Buying fruits in season are a better choice for your wallet and palette, providing fresh fruits at their lowest price. You can keep your vitamin intake going strong, and keep your immune system intact through the flu season. Try this fantastic fruit salad, specifically made for winter fruits, to help you get your five servings a day!
Winter Fruits to Use
You’ll need a healthy mix of oranges, mandarins, kiwifruits, tangerines, pears, and passion fruits. You can also add in pomegranates, persimmons, red bananas, date plums, and dates, if you enjoy those fruits. These are the winter fruits, in season and ready for sale. While some of them are a little off the beaten path, they’re all sweet, and when ripened, give you a healthy dose of vitamins. With the mandarins, oranges, and red bananas, you’ll be getting a large amount of Vitamin C, a great vitamin for keeping your immune system going strong.
Other Fruit Options
If you want, you can add in some year-round fruits that are guaranteed to be a great addition to any salad. Try to add some bananas, apples, papayas, and apricots for a flavorful addition to this salad. With year-round fruits, you’ll be assured of a steady stream of flavors and nutrients. There’s some truth in “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” after all.
Making the Salad
As for the salad itself, you can blend any and all of the fruits available. Cut them up into pieces that you can easily fit in your mouth, and blend them together using salad tossers or your hands. This fruit will be good to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and every bite in between! See how many meals you can make that will taste great with your new fruit salad, and keep it refrigerated when not in use. For an extra twist of flavor, squeeze a bit of lemon juice over your salad before refrigeration. Not only does this make your amazing salad tangier, it keeps your fruit from over ripening and browning or wilting. Lemon juice is a great addition to any fruit you’re not willing to finish the first time around, as it keeps the fruit slightly preserved without taking away from it’s healthiness or freshness.
For this winter fruit salad, presentation is as much a part of it as the fruit. After all, if you’re serving this to fussy children, picky teenagers, or even yourself, you’ll be looking for the ‘best’ pieces of fruit. Make sure you cut the pieces somewhat evenly and small enough to fit in your mouth. Pick a variety of colors, splash the lemon juice onto the fruit, and toss it around a little. Ensure that the fruit is evenly coated in the light sprinkle of lemon juice, and you should have a fruit salad that even Martha Stewart would be jealous of. Within no time, you’ll have bountiful fruit salads all throughout winter!