Never before has a fruit bowl stored such a wide range of colors. The month of May not only brings together the best temperature of spring, it also makes us have a fruit bowl full of vitamins and minerals, and let’s not even mention that seasonal fruits and vegetables during the fifth month of the year are red, yellow, green, orange…
Although we can find some fruits and vegetables throughout the year, it is better to consume those that are of greater proximity and those whose month of optimal consumption is the month in which we are. For example, among the fruits and vegetables of May are carrots, spinach and endive, but not watermelon and melon, so for the latter it will be better to wait for their best moment.
These are some of the May fruits and vegetables that are at their best time of consumption:
Apricot. Apricot is rich in water (87.6 grams), vitamin A (26 ug), folates (5 ug), vitamin C (7 mg), calcium (17 mg) and potassium (293 mg).
The apricot tree bears fruit in late spring and throughout the summer. The apricot does not withstand long storage because it continues to ripen once harvested (it is said that these fruits are climacteric). When it comes from far away, you can be sure that it will have been harvested before it is ripe. In addition to savory recipes, apricots can be found in pies and cakes.
Cherry. This fruit is rich in water (83.7 grams per 100 grams), vitamin A (3 ug), folates (8 ug), vitamin C (8 mg), calcium (16 mg) and potassium (255 mg). The cherry, or picota, arrives with the heat and has a fairly short season, between May and July. Jerte cherries are very popular in the country and have a protected designation of origin (PDO). Spain is one of the countries that produces and exports the most cherries in the world.
Strawberry. This fruit is a good source of water (89.6 grams per 100 grams), vitamin C (60 mg), calcium (25 mg), potassium (190 mg) and magnesium (12 mg), among others.
According to Soy de temporada experts, strawberries bloom from late winter to early summer, and its fruits ripen throughout spring until late summer. It is considered the aphrodisiac fruit par excellence, not only because of its passion red color and heart shape, but also because its properties promote blood circulation and carnal desire.
Raspberries. They are a good source of water (84 grams per 100 grams), vitamin C (25 mg), potassium (220 mg), calcium (22 mg) and potassium (220 mg).
Their phytonutrients reduce oxidative stress and cell inflammation and promote eye and skin health. In addition, its folic acid content makes it recommended for pregnant women, it also helps control diabetes and improves allergic and asthma symptoms.
Although the first raspberries can be seen in May, the best months to enjoy them in season are between July and October. As it is a very delicate and perishable fruit, it is advisable to store it in a flat container, without piling it up, and consume it as soon as possible.