Colourful,fresh,refreshing,delicious and,of course, healthy: fruit! The fruit season in Spain is in full swing by May,although this year the weather has been cooler. By the end of May the amazing cherries from el Valle de Jerte in Extremadura are on the market.
They are closely followed by watermelon,and melon from Andalucia and adding to the colour and choice are apricots,plums and grapes,peaches, saturn peaches as well as loquats and figs which we get locally.You even see mini pears from the mountain areas of Murcia.
Visiting the local markets is an experience of vivid colours and choice…lots of choice. Walking the aisles,seeing the stalls piled high with fruit and choosing what you want is great fun.
Furthermore the seasonal aspect of fruit is such a natural phenonomen in Spain. You find yourself looking forward to each fruit’s season.It’s sort of like a natural calendar in three dimensions.It is true a lot of fruit is grown under plastic greenhouse bringing it on slightly earlier like melons and watermelons but in general everything has its season.
Everyone has their local favourite and mine are peaches.Most summers we visit my inlaws in the mountains of Murica and the peaches there are amazing;large,juicy and amazingly sweet. In our family they are legendary as all our kids spent many a summer swimming,playing and eating peaches.
Apart from the logical health benefits certain red fruits and orange coloured ones are now said by scientists to help protect your skin from the sun.
So those of you visiting Spain in the next few months know what to do to help your tan come along in a healthy way!
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