The two things worth looking forward to in the summer season that makes the scorching Indian heat somewhat bearable are the summer vacations and the variety of summer fruits we get. While the former one was left behind long ago when we left school, the latter is something that equally excites kids and adults. Not only is there a variety of summer fruits to choose from, but they really help the body to combat with the unbearable heat and have essential benefits for the body. Here's a list of summer fruits you should look forward to enjoying this season.
Watermelon is a sweet and juicy fruit with a very high water content, 92% to be precise. High water content means the body stays hydrated, which is quintessential for the body to function properly. It also has less calorie content which helps in maintaining body weight by giving the feeling of being full for longer.
It is packed with nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and some powerful anti-oxidants. Other than that, consuming watermelon helps in reducing inflammation, improving indigestion and relieving muscle soreness. Watermelon is best enjoyed when cold, cut into small pieces and then sprinkled with some Tassyam black salt on top. But, you can always enjoy it in salads, juices, mojitos, smoothies or even grill it with some spicy pepper.
Mango is referred as "king of fruits" and is the most awaited fruit of the year. It is a stone fruit which can be enjoyed in endless ways. It is highly nutritious with fiber, Vitamin C, folate, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, potassium, Vitamin K and magnesium. Bonus points, it is also less on calories, so you can eat them without the guilt of gaining weight. Mango is packed with plant compounds like mangiferin, catechins, benzoic acid which protect the body again harmful free radicals. Eating mangoes also helps in boosting the immunity and improving digestion. There are so many ways to eat mangoes that a book can be written about it. But, to list the basic ways- you can eat them as it is, or blend it into a shake/smoothie/juice, make fresh ice-cream, use it in variety of desserts like panna cotta, cheesecake, mousse, mango cake, healthy recipes like salads and sandwiches and so much more. Check out this easy Mango and Assorted Seeds bowl recipe which makes up for a quick breakfast.
Another stone fruit that makes to this list is plum. Although, they are also available in dried form now, but there is just another charm of enjoying them fresh and why should not you?