Seasonal Fruits

This winter let’s be fruity

Hello dear readers, as you know the season has come when the nights become longer and the days become shorter every day. With the arrival of new season, people get an absolutely new variety of vegetables and fruits that you can binge upon and stay healthy as well.

In this article, we will be talking about the fruits available to you during the winter season. These fruits include: Apples, Strawberries, Quinces (Shreephal), Guava etc. When you will read ahead in the article you will gain knowledge of nutritional values, different dishes that can be made from the above mentioned fruits.

  • Apple:

Apple is one fruit that is available to you in markets whole year long but the quality of this fruit is utmost during the winter season because the apple tree blooms during winter or, we can say, in cold regions. The nutritional value of apple is given below:

  • Calories 52
  • Total Fat 2g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 1mg
  • Potassium 107mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 14g
  • Total Carbohydrate 14g

There are many dishes that can be prepared from apple and these are mentioned below:

  • Apple juice – this is the most common way consuming an apple i.e. squeezing the juice out of it. You can read the recipe, instructions and the health benefits of apple juice in our previously published article named: Yummy Apple Juice .
  • Apple Pie – making an apple pie is the second most common use of apple in a dish. the recipe (ingredients and directions) is given below:

Ingredients –

3-4 medium apples, peeled, cored, and sliced.

1 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 buttermilk baking mix

2 eggs

1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3/4 cup milk

2 tablespoons butter, softened

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

3 tablespoons margarine, chilled

Directions –

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. In a large bowl, combine apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, white sugar and 1/2 cup baking mix. Stir together the milk and eggs and mix into apple mixture, Pour filling into pie plate and dot with butter.

3. To make the Topping: In a large bowl, combine 1 cup baking mix, walnuts, brown sugar and margarine. Mix until crumbly and sprinkle over top of apples.

4. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until apples are cooked and topping is golden brown.

  • Oats Apple Phirni – what’s better than having 2 extremely healthy things in a single dish. You can read the details of this dish from our earlier published article named: Oats Apple Phirni

There is probably much more you can do with an apple and consume all that’s beneficial about this fruit. If you want to know more, you can visit our article that’s already published on our blog: All About Apples 

  • Strawberries:

Excitement for the bloom of this fruit in winter is almost as much as the excitement for the bloom of mangoes in summer. This fruit is rich in vitamins, and has sour and kind of sweet taste which makes it more interesting to have. The nutritional value of strawberries is:

  • Calories 33
  • Total Fat 3g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 1mg
  • Potassium 153mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 8g
  • Protein 7g

There are again several dishes that can be prepared using a strawberry:

  • Strawberry Yogurt – a yogurt is a thing that you can have at any time and enjoy it. You can read the recipe from our previously published article: Strawberry Yogurt .
  • Creamy fruit salad this is a really easy and delicious way to have strawberries. For this, all you have to do is put some whipped cream together in a bowl and add sugar according to your taste and mix it well. After that add some fruits of your choice and make sure the content of strawberries is high and mix them with the whipped cream and this tastes amazing and it’s also healthy.
  • Quinces (shreephal):

They may look like their relatives, apples and pears, but quinces are much healthier and may actually help ward off the flu. The nutritional value of quinces is  given below:

  • Calories 57
  • Total Fat 1g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 4mg
  • Potassium 197mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 15g
  • Protein 4g

This fruit can be taken as a raw fruit and can also be put in fruit salads and fruit drinks etc

  • Guava:

This fruit, with yellow-to-bright-red varieties gives you as many antioxidants as broccoli does. All you need to do is just slice it and eat it fresh. The nutritional value of guava is given as follows:

  • Calories 68
  • Total Fat 1g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 2mg
  • Potassium 417mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 14 g
  • Protein 6g

This fruit can be used in the following dishes:

  • Guava Jelly – the recipe is given below:

3 cups guavas, peeled and chopped

3 cups water

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

3/4 cup sugar

2 limes, juiced

1 teaspoon salt

The directions are:

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve to separate out the seeds. Using a large spoon, press down on the solids to release the juices.
  3. Return the now seedless mixture back to the saucepan and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 40 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour into jars and refrigerate until use. The jelly will thicken as it cools.
  • This fruit can also be used in fruit salads and cream salads etc.

So, these are some of the fruits that are available during winter season. We at GoNirog Healthcare wish you a fruity winter and we just want to say “Think healthy! Eat Healthy! Be healthy!”

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