February seasonal fruits that you must eat

February seasonal fruits that you must eat
09/02/2015 Margarida Moreira

Sweet orange (Citrus x sinensis, Rutaceae family) is a rich citrus fruit in vitamins and antioxidants. Oranges are usually eaten raw, candied, in juices, sweets, jams and ice cream. Orange has medicinal properties: tonic, carminative, low fever, reduces catarrh and prevents and treats scurvy. 100g orange is equivalent to 47 Kcal.

Lemon (Citrus x limon, Rutaceae family) is a bitter citrus fruit, rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. Lemon is generally used to flavor and refreshing food, sweets and drinks. Lemon is used medicinally to treat colds, prevent and treat scurvy and rheumatic diseases. 100g lemon is equivalent to 28 Kcal.

Mango (Mangifera spp., Anacardiaceae family) is a relatively large, sweet and pulpy fruit, rich in vitamic A, B and C, minerals and antioxidants. The aroma of mango is sweet, intense and fresh and can be consumed fresh, natural, in fruit salad, canned in syrup and added to sweets. The fruit is recommended to treat scurvy and other problems related to the deficit of vitamin C. The mango is digestive and purifying. 100g mango is equivalent to 70 Kcal.

Strawberry (Fragaria spp., Rosaceae family) is a small fruit, sweet and (usually) red, characterized by the seed on the surface of the fruit. This fruit can be consumed fresh, natural, in fruit salad and added to sweets. The fruit is medically recommended as diuretic, laxative, astringent, tonic, antirheumatic and antiseptic. 100g strawberry is equivalent to 33 Kcal.

Mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata, Rutaceae family) is a rich citrus fruit in vitamins and antioxidants. Mandarin orange (or tangerine) are usually eaten raw, candied, in juices, sweets, jams and ice cream. This fruit has medicinal properties: analgesic, carminative, antiasthmatic, antiscorbutic, antiinflammatory, aphrodisiac and antiseptic. 100g mandarin orange is equivalent to 50 Kcal.

Banana (Musa spp., Musaceae family) is a fruit (berry) rich in vitamins (particularly vitamins A, B and C), manganese and fiber. Bananas are normally eaten raw or dried but can be baked, fried or cooked, or in the form of flour. They are also used to sweeten desserts and jams, decorate salads and some culinary dishes. Medically recommended to combat muscle cramps, fatigue, constipation and infant diarrhea. 100g banana is equivalent to 89 Kcal.

Kiwifruit (Actinidia spp., Actinidiaceae family) is a sweet berry, brown and hairy on the outside and green on the inside (shades ranging from yellow to green). The fruit can be consumed natural, in smoothies and added to sweets. In medicine, the fruit is recommended as a diuretic, sedative and febrifuge. 100g kiwifruit is equivalent to 60 Kcal.

Pine nut (Pinus spp., Pinaceae family) is a dried fruit rich in carbohydrates and fiber. The pine nuts are a very nutritional food and can be eaten raw or added to salads and pastries. The medicinal properties of this seed are anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and promotes milk production in women who are lactating. It is also used to treat skin conditions such as wounds, burns and scratches. 100g of pine nuts is equivalent to 673 Kcal.

Apple (Malus domestica, Rosaceae family) is a rich fruit in vitamins, fiber and potassium. Apples can be eaten raw, candied, baked, cooked, in jams and sweets. The apple has laxative properties, reduces the acidity of the stomach and cleans teeth and gums. 100g of apple is equivalent to 52 Kcal.

Sweet Almond (Prunus dulcis, Rosaceae family) is a February seasonal fruit. It is a dry fruit rich in vitamins (especially vitamin E) and essential minerals. The seed is often used raw, roasted, powdered, laminated or chopped in cooking, bakeries and pastry. In healthcare the sweet almond oil (edible) is applied to hydrate and rejuvenate the skin, as well as to prevent stretch marks. Almonds are medically recommended for the removal of kidney stone. 100g almond is equivalent to 576 Kcal.

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