Apples, pears, the latest oranges, bianchetti lemons, more kiwis, but above all strawberries: here are the varieties and properties of the April fruit and many recipes with the protagonists of this month
Why buy the seasonal fruit it's better? Because it's better (grown in sunlight it maintains all properties), it is cheaper (compared to fruit grown in a greenhouse or that comes from distant countries), it is more sustainable (the use of resources to cultivate it is more contained).
So, with April in front of us, let's see what are the fruits of the period to put in the cart.
For a few weeks we will be able to enjoy the oranges that throughout the winter they recharged us with precious C vitamin. Italian oranges mainly come from Sicily, Calabria and Puglia. As a variety we can still find thered orange Tarot, one of the finest, excellent for the table, but also for juices since it makes about 40 percent juice; L'Valencia orange, typical of April and May, which is characterized by its thin skin and light orange color and is preserved for a long time; L'blood orange, a late orange with red flesh and medium thickness skin.
THE lemons Italians are typical of Campania, Sicily, Calabria, Puglia: those we find between April and June are called whitebait, known just like "Spring lemons". They are characterized by an elongated shape and a light yellow color. There peel it is very fragrant because it contains essential oils in quantity. So, in addition to the juice, use the peel of these lemons in dishes and cocktails, but only if it is not treated.
THE Kiwi Italians come from Emilia Romagna, Piedmont, Veneto and Lazio, while foreign ones come mainly from New Zealand. As a variety we find the Kiwi with green pulp and hairy skin, also called Hayward, which is the best known: it contains vitamin C, antioxidants, fibers. It also has the same properties yellow or gold kiwi, with yellow flesh, in fact, with a smooth skin, and with a slightly sweeter and sugary taste.
Apples and Pears
Grown in Aosta Valley, Trentino Alto Adige and Lombardy, the apples they are found practically all year round. Between variety are available in April there are Fuji, the Golden Delicious, the Red delicious, the Renetta, the Gala, the Evelina, the Pink Lady. Even the pears (grown in Italy in Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Lombardy and Tuscany) are a fruit that is always found on the basis of variety: in April we can eat le Conference, the Kaiser, the Abbot, the doyenne, the Rosada.
And finally here is the fruit symbol of spring, the real novelty of April: le strawberries! The premieres of the season come mainly from Campania, Sicily and Basilicata: rich in water, they contain vitamin C and mineral salts such as phosphorus and potassium. Naturally sweet and juicy, they also lend themselves to many recipes. Some ideas with the strawberries? Here are ours!