Gardening

February: Seasonal fruits and vegetables

If you are in the Southern Hemisphere you can see the Fruits and vegetables of the season

Seasonal fruits in February

Avocado : The avocado fruit has vitamins A, C, D, E, K and vitamins of the B complex, which are thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6 and folic acid, as well as potassium. Avocado, due to its contribution of Vitamin E, acts as an antioxidant, intervenes in the stability of blood cells and helps reduce the risk of multiple diseases, including cardiovascular, degenerative and even cancer. Keep reading more about avocado.

Kiwis: They provide significant amounts of soluble fiber, which helps normalize cholesterol levels and facilitates intestinal transit, avoiding constipation. Kiwi is an excellent source of vitamin C. A single kiwi more than covers the daily needs of this vitamin for both an adult and a child. It is also rich in vitamin E and folic acid. In this way, kiwi strengthens the immune system, which defends the body, prevents possible infections (colds and flu, among others), and favors the absorption of iron (due to its richness in vitamin C). Keep reading more about the nutritional properties of kiwi.

Lemons : Due to its refreshing, antiseptic properties and its vitamin C content, lemon alleviates certain conditions of the respiratory tract, as well as some inflammation of the throat, aphonia and tonsillitis. This is the reason why you gargle with the juice of a lemon diluted with a little warm water. Its powerful antibacterial and antiviral action is good for sore throats, mouth ulcers and gingivitis. Learn more about the properties of lemon

Tangerines : it is one of the fruits that has the most carotenoids in its composition. The antioxidant activity of these phytochemical elements and of vitamin C, provide the food with physiological properties that go beyond the nutritional ones themselves. Antioxidants fight the harmful action of free radicals, substances responsible for the development of cardiovascular and degenerative diseases and cancer. More information about mandarins

Apples : the apple is, after the quince, one of the fruits richest in tannins, substances with astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. Some of the actions of tannins are to dry and reduce inflammation of the intestinal mucosa, which is why they are effective in the treatment of diarrhea. It favors the elimination of body fluids, being very suitable in cases of obesity, rheumatic diseases. More about the properties of apples .

Oranges : They contain malic acid, citric acid -both are disinfectants and alkalize the body-, oxalic acid and tartatic acid. Citric acid is also a purifying and intestinal disinfectant, it acts as an analgesic in stomach pains, fortifies the stomach muscles, dissolves accumulated waste and facilitates the secretion of gastric juices necessary to digest food. Furthermore, these same effects of cleaning waste and stimulating functions are also produced in the liver, the pancreas – its contamination by fat storage is the cause of many disorders – and the bladder. More information about the properties of oranges

Pears : it is a diuretic, uricolithic (dissolves uric acid), cleansing, laxative, remineralizing, stomachic, astringent and sedative food. Due to its low content in carbohydrates and sodium, it is recommended for diabetics, hypertensive people and for those who have suffered from heart disease. Of great value in cases of rheumatism, gout, arthritis, stress, anemia, diarrhea, obesity and high blood pressure. More about the benefits of pears

Bananas : Their high iron content makes bananas stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood, significantly contributing to heal cases of anemia. Due to its smooth and lubricating texture, the banana is used in the diet as a food indicated for intestinal disorders. Banana is one of the most nutritious foods that nature offers us, especially potassium, vitamin B6 and folic acid. Keep reading more about the properties of banana

Grapes: They take care of the immune system and prevent the formation of blood clots. They reduce high blood pressure, as well as the formation of cataracts, protecting vision, and helping to prevent inflammation. Grapes have a beneficial diuretic effect in case of hyperuricemia or gout, as well as kidney stones (favoring the elimination of uric acid and its salts), arterial hypertension or other diseases associated with fluid retention. Keep reading more about the properties of grapes .

Almonds : The contribution of Vitamin E from almonds makes them a faithful ally when it comes to protecting the body from free radicals, aging and stress, as well as strengthening the skin, and even preventing skin diseases or helping us to overcome them. Its calcium intake, which is proportionally one of the largest in the spectrum of foods available to humans, strengthens our bones. Learn more about almonds

Hazelnuts : Hazelnuts are a food that stands out for its content of vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, magnesium, fiber, calcium, vitamin B, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin B9, phosphorus, iron, zinc, hydrates of carbon and proteins. Learn more about the properties of hazelnuts

Seasonal vegetables in February

Chard : Chard has many medicinal uses, being emollient, refreshing, digestive, diuretic, diaphoretic and nutritious. The decoction of the leaves is used successfully in inflammation of the bladder and against constipation. It also provides valuable services in hemorrhoids and skin diseases. More information about the benefits of chard

Garlic : It fights infections, is a powerful anti-inflammatory, increases defenses, improves circulation, prevents arteriosclerosis, reduces excess fat in the blood, prevents hypertension, relieves pain, is an effective expectorant, is indicated in problems of the respiratory system and is diuretic and stimulating. Keep reading more about the properties of garlic

Artichokes : they favor the rapid digestion and elimination of fats, help to eliminate adhesions and toxins in the intestines and blood, since it is rich Phytosterols, a substance that helps to restrict the absorption of cholesterol at the intestinal level and thus prevent its accumulation in the body. They collaborate with liver function, it is used to cure diseases related to this important organ such as cirrhosis, poisoning, hepatitis), jaundice, etc. Learn more about the properties of artichokes.

Celery : Considered one of the best vegetable diuretics that exist, it also remineralizes the body, detoxifies it, purifies the blood, improves digestion, lowers blood pressure, regulates intestinal peristalsis, opens the appetite and relieves joint pain in addition to preventing and fighting cancer. Not forgetting that it has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, expectorant and sedative properties. In short, another of those foods that should not be missing on our table.More information about celery

Watercress : watercress is a food very rich in nutrients: it contains high levels of vitamins A, B and C, as well as considerable amounts of iodine, calcium, potassium, zinc, magnesium or iron (the latter even in levels higher than spinach ), amino acids, fiber. Keep reading more about the properties of watercress .

Borage : it has good amounts of vitamin C and pro-vitamin A (beta-carotene), both of recognized antioxidant action. Vitamin A or retinol contributes to the maintenance and repair of body tissues, promotes resistance to infections, is necessary for the proper development of the nervous system and vision, and is involved in growth. In addition, it is recognized for its antioxidant action, like vitamin C. The latter is involved in the formation of collagen, bones, teeth and red blood cells, in addition to promoting resistance to infections and the absorption of certain nutrients from food ( iron, folic acid and certain amino acids). Learn more about the properties of borage.

Broccoli : Provides high amounts of vitamin C, to the point that a 200 g serving contains more than three times the daily recommendations for vitamin C. Vitamin C has antiviral power and improves cardiovascular health. It also contains lutein, an antioxidant important for eye health, and a large amount of glucosinolates, which is why it has anti-cancer effects. Broccoli is the vegetable with the highest nutritional contribution per unit of edible weight. Keep reading more about broccoli

Pumpkins : they are very beneficial, especially for diabetics, as it regulates blood sugar. They have diuretic properties, which are beneficial in case of fluid retention. Its purifying properties improve intestinal problems. That is why it is a food that helps us to improve the symptoms of rheumatism, since it is a good diuretic and in cases of arthritis and joint inflammations. The diuretic and purifying effect that pumpkin has is a good way to keep kidneys in perfect condition. More information about the properties of pumpkin

Canons : It is an interesting source of beta-carotene, vitamin C and folic acid. It has diuretic, cleansing and laxative properties. It is consumed fresh in salads. Learn more about the benefits of canons and even how to cultivate them.

Thistles : The thistle is similar in nutritional composition to the artichoke. The thistle is recognized for its choleretic, hepatoprotective and diuretic properties, among others, due to its content of cynarin and inulin. If it is eaten raw in salad, the content of this vitamin is higher, since it is sensitive to heat, so that when it is cooked, a significant amount of this nutrient is lost. Read more about the properties of thistles.

Onions : It is a great disinfectant, therefore eating it especially raw helps us protect ourselves against infectious diseases. Topically combats dandruff and hair loss, rubbing our heads with its juice frequently. It is also very good for all respiratory conditions, when we have coughs, colds, colds, flu, bronchitis. More about onion

Parsnips : Parsnip is a plant widely used in cases of hypertension, gout, fever, chronic fluid retention, rheumatism and problems of lung origin. In some countries parsnip is also used as a cure for intestinal problems. As a general nutrient, parsnip is an even more complete root than carrot. Keep reading more about the properties of parsnip

Cauliflower : it is recommended for its high content of phytochemicals (glucosinolates, isothiocyanates and indoles). These contribute to the prevention of some degenerative diseases and to stimulate the immune system due to its antioxidant nature. Due to its excellent folate content, cauliflower is a vegetable to take into account in the diet of pregnant women. Deficiency of this vitamin during the first weeks of pregnancy can lead to neural tube defects, such as spina bifida or anencephaly, in the future baby. More information on cauliflower

Spinach : The high content of vitamin K in this vegetable makes taking spinach beneficial for proper blood clotting. This food is also beneficial for the metabolism of the bones. The folic acid or vitamin B9 from spinach makes this a highly recommended food for consumption during pregnancy or lactation. More properties of spinach

Green beans or beans : they reduce blood pressure, are diuretic, so they improve cases of fluid retention, because of its folic acid content it is recommended in pregnancy, for cases of arthritis or gout, it improves cases of anemia thanks to its contribution in iron and calcium and have anti-inflammatory action. Learn how to grow green beans organically

Laurel : In infusion, bay leaves are able to relieve stomach discomfort (reduce gas, are good for intestinal spasms and help to have a correct digestion) and improve kidney pain. Laurel also regulates menstruation and is considered a diuretic, thus helping to eliminate excess fluids. Keep reading more about the benefits of laurel

Lettuce : It has the quality of having sedative and tranquilizing effects, therefore it calms the nerves, relieves palpitations and controls insomnia problems. It is ideal to consume the lettuce in the form of juice before going to bed. But lettuce offers us more benefits for our health

Red cabbage : highly recommended for people suffering from respiratory conditions. By reducing cholesterol, it helps us protect our heart from cardiovascular disease. It also has the quality of eliminating and inhibiting the action of carcinogens. And if you suffer from poor digestion or even intestinal diseases, it is vital that you include it in your diet. You can even grow it yourself

Turnips : provides vitamin C and folates. Vitamin C, in addition to having a powerful antioxidant action, is involved in the formation of collagen, bones, teeth and red blood cells. It also favors the absorption of iron from food and resistance to infections. Keep reading more about the properties of turnips

Potatoes : fight blood pressure, are diuretic, have vitamin C, and minerals such as potassium and partner, are beneficial in cases of stomach or liver problems, and in cases of kidney stones. Topically they improve the condition of the skin, its correct healing, tired eyes and even bruises. Learn more about the nutritional properties of potatoes.

Parsley: Parsley, being a food rich in potassium, helps good circulation, regulating blood pressure, making it a beneficial food for people suffering from hypertension. The potassium in this seasoning helps regulate body fluids and can help prevent rheumatic diseases or arthritis. But it still has many more properties, know the benefits of parsley

Peppers : Peppers have antioxidants , high content of beta-carotene and vitamins B2 and E, therefore it prevents degenerative and chronic diseases. They also contain capsaicin, which is an alkaloid and helps stimulate gastric secretions, gallbladder function and notably favor intestinal transit. Learn more about the properties of peppers

Leeks : leeks have diuretic properties and improve intestinal transit, fighting constipation. Beneficial against respiratory conditions, improves blood circulation preventing hemorrhoids, clots, varicose veins, etc. It collaborates in the reduction of cholesterol and has an antibiotic effect. Learn more about the properties of leeks and learn how to grow leeks in an organic way

Radishes : promote the drainage of the liver and the gallbladder, stimulate the production of bile, eliminate waste and toxins from the body, regulate the functions of the colon or treat digestive disorders in addition to fever, intestinal infections, ulcers, colds, rheumatism or gout, to mention just a few ailments. In addition, several of its active principles give it important antimicrobial, antioxidant, expectorant, diuretic, immunostimulating, cleansing and anticancer properties. Keep reading more about radishes

Beets : If you are weak, convalescent or anemic, you cannot miss beets, they also prevent birth defects and help fight heart disease, improve our digestive system, and the immune system. Learn more about the properties of beets.

Cabbage or Cabbage : it is very beneficial for cases of uric acid, as well as for fluid retention, it also regulates hormonal function, has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory action, improving cases of rheumatism and arthritis. It is also recommended for stomach ulcers or applied externally to improve the condition of the skin. Learn how to grow cabbage organically

Romanesco : it is rich in vitamin C, protects us from cancer, strengthens our defenses and thus be able to avoid all kinds of diseases. During the winter it is very beneficial to keep the immune system working in perfect condition. Do not forget to include it in your diet. More about the properties of romanesco

Carrots : Its richness in antioxidants makes carrots an effective free radical scavenger, protecting cell membranes and preventing their genetic material from being altered. Therefore, it not only helps prevent degenerative diseases – cancer included – but also slows down the body’s aging process. But this is not all, know the many benefits of carrots

Chickpeas : Due to their high content of vitamins, proteins and minerals, highlighting iron, they are very energetic, nutritious and balanced legumes that, in addition, have multiple medicinal properties that are not widespread despite being available to all pockets. Its fibers and active ingredients such as folates and magnesium, among other elements, make it ideal for reducing the so-called bad cholesterol, it benefits intestinal transit, recommended for diabetes, anemia, colon problems, hypertension, it is anticancer, diuretic and restorative. Learn more about the properties of chickpeas

Lentils : they stand out for their high content of fiber, carbohydrates, vitamin B9, iron, vitamin B6, vitamin B, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, protein and calories. The rest of the nutrients present in this food, ordered by relevance of their presence, are: vitamin B3, water, vitamin B2, vitamin E, sodium, calcium, selenium, polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamin C, carotenoids, fat, iodine, fatty acids monounsaturated, saturated fatty acids and vitamin A. More about the properties of lentils

 If you want to see some ideas and suggestions to make with seasonal fruits and vegetables, be sure to visit the RECIPES section (suitable for vegans)

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