Walnuts - Walnuts are one of the best plant sources of protein. They are rich in fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, and antioxidants such as Vitamin E. Nuts in general are also high in plant sterols and fat - but mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (the good fats) that have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol. Walnuts, in particular, have significantly higher amounts of omega 3 fatty acids as compared to other nuts.
Almonds - One teeny ounce of almonds contains 12 percent of your daily allowance of protein. And absolutely no cholesterol, of course! You’ll also get 35 percent of your daily allowance of vitamin E, that valuable antioxidant with so many cancer-fighting qualities. And most of the fat in almonds is monounsaturated, also known as 'good' fat.
Cherries - We grow red (bing) and white (Ranier) cherries. Health and nutrition experts say to look no further than fruits grown on American soil for health and wellness benefits. Cherries are a great local alternative to exotic berries grown in faraway rainforests. It’s no coincidence that February is both American Heart Month and National Cherry Month, since science suggests cherries may offer powerful heart-health benefits.
Nectarines - A nectarine is often thought of as being a peach without the beard and it's most useful aspect is that it contains antioxidants. When you eat a nectarine your body converts these antioxidants into vitamin A and your body can use just about all of that vitamin it can get. Not only are nectarines rich in antioxidants, but they are easy on the diet.
Peaches (including white) - Peaches are extremely rich in vitamin A and potassium, apart from abounding in a number of other nutrients, making them rank very high in nutritional value and good for the health of an individual.
Pluots - A pluot (plü-ot) is a tradename for a fruit developed in the late 20th century by Floyd Zaiger. It is a complex cross hybrid of plum and apricot, being ¾ plum and ¼ apricot in parentage. Pluots are one of the best natural sources of vitamin A, which is essential for healthy skin and mucous membranes.
Persimmons - This often overlooked fruit is growing in popularity as people become more open to exploring different tastes. Although this fruit has yet to gain mainstream popularity in the United States, it's highly regarded in Japan where it's the national fruit. We grow the common variety, as well as some of the more exotic varieties.
Pomegranates - This fruit, also known as a Chinese apple, is filled with vitamin C and other nutrients that are good for your body. Current research focuses on antioxidants in the pomegranate called polyphenols, which may play an important role in protecting your heart and arteries. Studies in mice have shown that pomegranate juice slows down the rate at which arteries harden and may also reduce the amount of LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, in the bloodstream.
Figs (including green) - The health benefits of figs include promoting healthy bowel function due to the high levels of fibre. Figs are among one of the most highly alkaline foods, making them useful in balancing the pH of the body. They are a good source of potassium, important in helping to regulate blood pressure.
Apricots - The apricot is often overlooked in favor of other common fruits such as the apple, pear, orange or banana. But the apricot is just as healthy as those other fruits, in some cases even healthier. Aside from the many health benefits of the apricot, it is also a wonderful diet food (only 50 calories for three apricots).
Jujubes - Jujubes contains the highest concentration of cyclic guanosine monophosphate and cylic AMP. They also contain heavy concentrations of niacin, riboflavin, thiamine and two forms of vitamin A. Jujubes contains 100 times more vitamin C than apples and 20 times more than citrus fruits and also contain phenols and nine bioflavonoids, which support vascular function and cellular health.