Which fruit and veg continue to ripen naturally after they are picked? These fruit and vegetables are referred to as “climacteric”. Those which can’t ripen any more after being picked are called “non climacteric”. Find out which ones are which.
Climacteric fruit and vegetables
Here is a selection of fruit and vegetables that continue to ripen after they are picked:
The mono-unsaturated fats in avocado are considered “good fats”, which are good for cardiovascular health. Avocados contain fibre and vitamins K and B6.
Tomatoes are a veritable cocktail of vitamins: A, C, E, K, B3, and B6, which also contains antioxidants (carotenoids). These are effective for naturally preventing skin ageing.
Bananas contain numerous nutrients, which is why they are as useful in the area of beauty as they are in natural health. They contain:
- vitamin C, B6 and B9 (antioxidant properties)
Pears contain plenty of fibre, but also copper and vitamins C and K.
Peaches are highly concentrated in fibre, vitamins C, E and B3 and in minerals (iron, phosphorous).
Two kiwis provide the equivalent of 5 g of fibre, which is around 15% of your recommended daily intake. They are an excellent source of vitamins C, K, B9 and E.
Melon is rich in vitamins A, C and B6, and therefore in antioxidants.
Did you know that the antioxidant power of apple peel is 2 to 6 times higher than the flesh? Apples are also a natural source of fibre and vitamins C and K.
Figs are rich in nutrients, especially fibre, vitamins A, K, B1, B5 and B6, potassium, calcium and iron.
The soluble fibre in figs can balance cholesterol levels, blood sugar and insulin, which can help in the treatment of cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes.
Non climacteric fruit and vegetables
Fresh pineapple and pineapple juice are excellent sources of manganese and vitamin C.
Lemon contains vitamins A, C, B1 and B2, bioflavonoids and pectin. 100 g of lemon contains 50 mg of vitamin C.
Oranges are an excellent source of vitamins C, B1, B5 and B9 and of calcium.
Grapes are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals which are essential for good functioning of the organism.