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10 unmissable foods in season in September

Seasonal foods are better for our health and the environment. Here are the top 10 best fruits and vegetables that are in season in September.

Eating seasonal fruits and vegetables is crucial for our health and that of the environment. Following their natural life cycle, fruits and vegetables have more nutrients and active substances, along with more intense taste and aroma. Here’s a list of the best foods in season in September.

Figs

Now it’s time for “forniti” figs that ripen from August to September, and shortly will be time for “tardivi” (literally late figs) or “cratiri” or “cimaruolo”. Figs contain a lot of water (over 80 percent), soluble glucides, fiber (47 Kcal per 100g), vitamins A and C in profusion, potassium and phosphorus. They are mineralizing, energetic and restorative. Scientists confirmed its anti-cancer properties.

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Grapes

The amount of sugar in grapes (150 grams per kilo) shouldn’t be cause for worry: it includes glucose and levulose, two types of sugar that can be directly assimilated and are also suitable, in small amounts, even to people who suffer from diabetes. This fruit is high in vitamins A and B1, it contains vitamin PP and C and a lot of mineral salts including manganese, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and sodium. It stimulates the hepatic action, detoxifies and mineralises the body and tackles anaemia. By chewing a grape with its seeds you will benefit of the effects of a natural anticholesterol.

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Prickly pears

Prickly perars produce juicy fruits that help regulate intestinal functions, keep the GI under control, increase the sense of satiety, provide antioxidants and naturally fight stress. The jelly substance contained in the cladodes scars over and in ancient times it was taken to cure ulcer and gastritis.

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Apples

This fruit is a great source of antioxidant and anti-cancer agents. Pectin, mostly contained in the core and skin, lowers cholesterol levels in the blood. Scientists discovered that eating a whole apple has a more positive effect on our body than exclusively taking in the active ingredient. This is because pectin’s effect combines with vitamin C and the other substances contained in the fruit, including the aroma. The beneficial ingredients of apples are mostly found in its skin: so, choose organic apples and don’t remove the skin.

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Pears

Rich in anticholesterol pectin, pears are better to be eaten ripe: they are more easily digestible and don’t swell the stomach. They contain fibers that help regulate the intestines and function as natural antioxidant. Thanks to their large amount of fructose, they bring energy and sense of satiety. Pear juice lowers the body temperature, so it is the perfect beverage when we have a fever. The presence of boron in the fruit helps tackling osteoporosis-related damages. Pears are rich in potassium and contain vitamin C and fibers.

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Elderberries

Elberberries are edible when dark purple and ripe because, when they’re red and still unripe, they contain toxins. They contain 79 per cent of water, carbohydrates, protein and are also high in potassium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, copper, zinc and manganese. They also contain group B vitamins, vitamins A and C, tannins. Elderberries are a treasure trove of flavonoids, anthocyanins, polocaine, citric, malic and folic acids. They have diuretic, laxative, diaphoretic, antirheumatic, antineuralgic and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Beans

Beans are nutritious legumes rich in vitamin A, B, C, and E as well as potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, phosphorus and lecithin, which promotes fat burning, avoiding its accumulation in the blood. All the varieties of beans contain fibers. They are a great source of proteins and an excellent alternative to meat, mostly with cereals.

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Cornelian cherries

From late August and throughout September cornelian cherries, the fruits of a tree that grow spontaneously in the woods, ripen. Cornelian cherries, similar to small cherries but with an oblong shape, are very high in vitamins, carotene, pectin, tannins, mucilage, fructose and organic acid. They contain more than twice the vitamin C of citrus fruits. Fresh and ripe cornelian cherries are sweet and thirst-quenching; with red cornelian cherries (those that are not completely ripe) you can prepare a delicious jam.

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Dates

Dates are rich in iron, vitamins, mineral salts and natural sugars. They are very poor in fats and rich in vegetable fibres and group B vitamins and also contain vitamin C. They have a natural anti-inflammatory function and lower cholesterol levels in the blood. They are energising, and excellent at breakfast.

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Mushrooms

Mushrooms are fat-free and low in calories, suitable for those who follow a hypocaloric diet. They contain phosphorus, potassium, selenium, magnesium, group B vitamins and some antioxidants. They are considered beneficial for the immune system because they maintain a high level of antibodies in the body.

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