The 7 Best Winter Fruits

Fiber-rich fruit is great for warding off heart disease, strokes and other chronic diseases. Here's what to look for when your local orchards shut down for the season.

December 7, 2011
Apples or Apples?
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It's getting to be that time of year when your options for local, seasonal fruits are either apples or...apples. Citrus growers haven't gotten a really tasty crop yet, and 90 percent of what's in your grocery store has been shipped in from far, far away, devoid of any taste or nutrition. But, unless you're branching out to specialty grocery stores, you could be missing out on some of the most nutritious, unique fruits--grown in the U.S.--that are available this time of year. Certain varieties of tropical and citrus fruits, which are grown somewhat locally in places like Florida and Hawaii, have the highest levels of heart-healthy antioxidants of any fruit, so you can still make your heart happy without having to pollute the planet with fruit flown in from another hemisphere.

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