Thursday, October 27, 2011

5 Power Fruits to Grow in Your Garden

In my last post I talked about the five power vegetables you can grow in your home vegetable garden that contain the maximum amount of nutrients for a healthier eating lifestyle. Continuing on in this series of health, nutrition and the home vegetable garden, I wanted to turn to fruits today.

Who doesn’t like a good bowl of mixed fruits to start a morning or along side your lunch. Of course, who wouldn’t want that bowl of fruit to come from their own garden. As I noted in my previous post, studies have shown that vegetables grown at home is far more healthier than what you can buy in stores, I believe the same would hold true for fruits as well.

Again I turn to nutrition expert Todd Cambio, BA, BS, CSCS, Sports Nutritionist who is also the author of the book Reducing Pain and Everyday Inflammation: How to Feel Better, Have More Energy, and Increase Flexibility. Todd specializes in sports recovery methods and nutritional counseling. “{fruits} Loaded with Natural Anti-Oxidants & Anti-Inflammatories,” says Todd. “Think colors? Mix them up. Also, fruits help protect our body from free radical damage, they lower your risk for cancer, they aid in regenerating your Vitamin E stores, they improve wound healing, they increase your ability to fight off colds and they help with the absorption if Iron.”

Todd recommends the following five fruits for daily consumption. Blueberries (all berries really), oranges, pineapples, mangoes, and avocados. For those of us who can not grow citrus fruits, Todd recommends replacing oranges with peaches, pineapples with either papaya or watermelon, and mangoes with apples. You can also replace avocados with tomatoes, which botanically is a fruit.

There are a variety of berries you can grow, all of which range in ease of growth and soil types. Blueberries do best in a sandier soil where as I have had some recent success with raspberries in a traditional soil. Berry vines (and in some cases trees) can be purchased at any home or garden center for a couple bucks up through twenty dollars.

Apple and peach trees will grow (for the most part) pretty much anywhere, but take time before you will receive fruit from them, so be patient.

Watermelon, and other melons, can be grown each season, but many varieties do take up a lot of room, so plan accordingly.

For more information on what super fruits you need to add to your eating plan so you know exactly what to grow, be sure to check out Super Fruits by Paul M. Gross.

About the Author
Mike Podlesny is the author of Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person: A Guide to Vegetable Gardening for the rest of us and the administrator for the largest vegetable gardening page on Facebook.

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