Here are some of the most nutritious summer fruits, plus pointers on how to pick the best from your grocery store!
High water content makes cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon -- and all three have potassium, which guards against high blood
Buying and Storing: Melons should seem heavy for their size, and some varieties, like cantaloupe, are fragrant. Store whole at room temperature for up to four days.
Serving: Make a granita by tossing melon into a blender with a little sugar and lime juice. Blen, then freeze until slushy, stirring twice.
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Few foods are more fun to eat than cherries, and at only 87 calories per cup, you can afford to indulge. Plus, a 2006 study
from the Agricultural Research Service showed that eating about 2 1/2 cups of cherries a day fights inflammation, which causes
arthritis and cancer.
Buying and Storing: Look for firm, feeply colored cherries; store unwashed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Serving: Pit cherries and serve on ricotta or yogurt with honey and a sprinkling of slivered almonds.
Loaded with polyphenols, these powerful little berries might have anti-aging effects, and eating 1 cup two or three times
a week is associated with a lower risk of diabetes.
Buying and Storing: Look for deep blue, plump, unwrinkled berries; store unwashed in the fridge, in the original container or in a covered bowl, for up to 10 days.
Serving: Add flavor to iced tea (and keep it cool) by tossing in a few frozen berries.
One cup of this juicy, brightly colored fruit offers plenty of Vitamin C -- 100 percent of your daily recommended value --
which is nothing to sneeze at. Vitamin C can make your colds shorter and less severe.
Buying and Storing: Mangoes are considered ripe when they yield to gentle pressure; look for ones with smooth, blemish-free skin. Store in the refrigerator for up to five days.
Serving: Prepare Mexican-style by sprinkling slices with chili powder, salt and lime juice.
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Practically irresistible, strawberries contain ellagic acid, a compound that has antiviral, antibacterial and anticarcinogenic
Buying and Storing: Strawberry caps should be green and fresh-looking. The berries should be firm and bright red all the way up to the shoulders. Store unwashed and loosely covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Serving: Replace the jam in your PB&J with sliced fresh berries.
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This stone fruit has phenols, organic compounds that inhibit the growth of breast-cancer cells, but the real draw is the flavor:
a luscious in-season peach is simply a joy to eat.
Buying and Storing: Look for fragrant, bruise-free peaches that give under gentle pressure. Store unwashed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to five days.
Serving: Add a kick to homemade salsa by stirring in chopped peaches.
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