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You might need some fresh fruit for your picnic, or maybe you need some fresh vegetables for grilled shish kabobs you’re preparing for a barbecue party. Whatever the case may be, eating fresh fruit and vegetables is essential to staying healthy. Below, discover this list of seven fruits and veggies in season for May so you’re prepared to know which ones to buy this month.
Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen each spring. They’re high in water and antioxidants, and they’re low in calories and saturated fat, making them super healthy. If you want to avoid possibly ingesting pesticides (as is often found in supermarket produce), you may want to buy organic strawberries.
Cherries are ready to harvest towards the end of spring in warmer areas. Sweet cherries, including the rainier and bing varieties, are available from May to August. If you prefer tarter cherries, it’s important to know that sour cherries have a much shorter season. They can be found for only a week or two during the middle of June in warmer areas and as late as July or August in colder regions. Cherries are a great source of vitamin C, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and folate.
Pineapples are also available all year round in many parts of the United States. However, the very best pineapples ripen during May. They are tasty, sweet, and unusually large fruits that can be enjoyed alone or in many deserts or even salsas. Additionally, pineapples are full of antioxidants, nutrients, and enzymes.
The kitchen-friendly Meyer variety of lemons are readily available at the beginning of spring. Lemons, whether Meyer or not, are an excellent accompaniment for a wide range of ingredients and dishes. You can also put lemon slices in water or use some lemon zest to garnish your meals. Lemons are also a great source of vitamin C and fiber, which can bolster your digestion and heart health.
Broccoli is a deliciously earthy vegetable rich in vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, calcium, iron, and proteins. Broccoli has diuretic and anti-anemic properties and can aid in digestion. It also helps maintain a healthy nervous system.
Artichokes are the edible bud of a thistle flower: They taste earthy and can be cooked in various ways. Small artichokes are great for frying and pickling, medium ones are suitable for salads, and large artichokes are best for stuffing. Artichokes also have lots of vitamin K, which helps with red blood cell formation.
Potatoes are affordable and can be prepared in many ways. They can also be stored for a long time, so you won’t have to worry about them quickly going bad. Potatoes are full of vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, all of which are great for boosting heart health. If you want to improve your blood sugar control and digestive health, eat some potatoes this May.
What are your favorite fruits and vegetables to eat in May? Share your thoughts in the comments!