There are so many reasons to love summer…
Longer days, warm evenings, trips to the beach, more time outdoors – but our favourite has got to be the brightly coloured, juicy fruits that are finally ripe for picking!
Here are four of our favourites:
1.) Dragon Fruit
Dragon Fruit or pitaya is a tropical fruit that originates from Central America. Although this fruit looks crazy on the outside it is completely delicious on the inside. This gorgeous hot pink fruit is rich in lycopene which may help protect against certain cancers and heart disease. Dragon fruit is also extremely nutrient dense. Nutrient density is a measure of how many nutrients there are in a food compared to how many kilojoules. This means that this fruit is low in kilojoules but very rich in antioxidants and micronutrients, like vitamin C. There is no dragon slaying necessary to enjoy this beautiful fruit, why not try in a Dragon Punch Smoothie or Dragon Fire juice?
Probably one of the most Instagrammed fruit and definitely on our #favouritefruit list is the Fine-apple! This juicy fruit contains bromelain an enzyme that can help aid digestion and reduce inflammation. This golden fruit is also loaded with vitamin C, this means it boosts collagen levels for beautiful skin and guards us against free radical damage. Lastly, pineapple contains manganese which is vital to the formation of healthy bones and contributes to blood sugar control.
Nothing blue about these berries! These sweet little treats are known for their antioxidant content. They owe their beautiful blue skin to the fact they are rich in phytonutrients, most notably anthocyanin. Anthocyanin can help support eye health, cardiovascular health as well as balance blood sugar. Blueberries are also loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds to combat everyday stresses and improve cell health.
This deliciously sweet tropical fruit is fibre-rich and jam packed with vitamins and antioxidants. The sunshiney yellow hue of mango hints at its vitamin A content. Mango is one of the richest fruit sources of vitamin A (from beta-carotene), 1 cup of mango provides 25% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A. Vitamin A plays a critical role in maintaining healthy vision, neurological function and glowing skin. We think sweet mango balances perfectly with tart raspberries in the Kauai Mango Berry Smoothie.