Sometimes, depending on the season, you may have to pay a premium for out-of-season fruits that have been shipped from thousands of miles away. Seasonal produce not only costs less but tastes great too, and it satisfies all the body’s nutritional requirements. You’ll also be supporting local farmers and producers when you buy seasonal. If you don’t know which fruits and vegetables are good in the summertime, read on!
Strawberries are available all year but are generally best in the summertime when they’re juicy and deep scarlet. Did you know strawberries are full of vitamins, antioxidants, polyphenols, and dietary fiber? Of course, strawberries taste best when eaten out of hand, but they could present a choking hazard for young children. Blend strawberries into a puree or use them with other fruits like blueberries and apple to make a smooth and organic baby food.
Summertime is not summertime without juicy and sugary watermelons. But these fruits don’t just quench your thirst—they offer a wide variety of health benefits too. They’re rich in lycopene, a potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals. They’re also rich in vitamins A, B6, and C, and they contain a lot of potassium as well. Babies can handle watermelon when they’re eight to ten months old. When preparing watermelon for a child, you can mash it or cut it into tiny, bite-size pieces. And remember that watermelons have seeds, so be on the lookout to prevent your child from choking.
Avocados are available all year round, but they taste best in the summertime. While adults can chop them up for a salad or make guacamole, babies have to be fed mashed avocados. When blended with other fruits and vegetables, avocados make a terrific organic baby food blend, like this one here. Avocados are also rich in fiber, magnesium, and potassium, and they as well contain vitamins C, E, K, and B6.
Blueberries are a summertime favorite. In the U.S., blueberries are in season from April to late September—that’s when they’re juiciest and sweetest! Did you know blueberries are considered the king of antioxidant foods? They’re rich in vitamins C and K, and they contain manganese and antioxidants like anthocyanin and polyphenols. Blueberries also help improve memory and cognitive function. If you’d like to include them in your baby’s diet, blend a few berries in a blender with other fruits, or buy Little Spoon’s organic baby food purees, most of which include blueberries.
In the United States, cantaloupe is in season from early May till late June. Cantaloupes are a rich source of vitamins A, C, and K, and they contain minerals like potassium, manganese, and selenium. They are also rich in folate and beta-carotene. You can include cantaloupe in your child’s diet by mashing it up or adding it to pre-made organic baby food.
Before offering fruits to your little one, remember to wash them thoroughly to remove residues left by insecticides or pesticides. Or just buy organic!