March seasonal fruit

March seasonal fruit
01/03/2015 Margarida Moreira

March is a month of change, in the Northern Hemisphere announces the arrival of spring (March 21) and in the Southern Hemisphere, the arrival of autumn. “March” (or Martius, name originating in ancient Rome) was the first month of the year and was represented by the Roman God of War.
Mars is the month where the land begins to reveal itself between the snow and the frost, giving way to new lives and new fruits.

The month of March is abundant in varied fruits:

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.

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 of banana is equivalent to 89 Kcal.

Grape (Vitis viniferaVitaceae family) is a March seasonal fruit (berry) used since ancient times, mainly for processing into alcoholic beverages, especially wine. The fruit can be eaten raw, added to pastels, in fruit salad, jelly or processed into alcoholic beverages, vinegar and seed oil. Grapes are recommended as antiinflammatory, astringent, diuretic, laxative, tonic and healthy for the skin. 100g of green or red grapes is equivalent to 69 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.

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 of mandarin orange is equivalent to 50 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 of mango is equivalent to 70 Kcal.

Pear (Pyrus spp., Rosaceae family) is a rich fruit in vitamins (especially C) and fiber. This fruit can be eaten raw, cooked, candied, in jams, sweets and pastries. Pears cause less allergies compared to other fruits and have medicinal properties: sedative and febrifuge. 100g of pear is equivalent to 57 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 of pineapple is equivalent to 50 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 of strawberry is equivalent to 33 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 of orange is equivalent to 47 Kcal.

 

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