January seasonal fruit – I

January seasonal fruit – I
21/01/2015 Margarida Moreira

Sweet Almond (Prunus dulcis, Rosaceae family) is a January 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 health care 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.

Pineapple (Ananas comosus, Bromeliaceae family) is a rich tropical fruit in manganese and vitamin C. The fruit is usually eaten raw, but can be grilled or added to yogurt, smoothies, juices, salads and sweets. In health care is recommended anti-inflammatory, detoxifying and control of blood pressure and cholesterol. 100g pineapple 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.

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.

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