Besides oranges and tangerines, many summer fruits have a strong connection to Chinese culture.
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Health has never been more of a priority in these unprecedented times, and Chinese New Year is a good time as any to wish your loved ones good health in the coming year. This makes a basket of healthy summer fruits the perfect auspicious gift to usher in the new year.
The biggest lesson this pandemic has taught us is the value of our health. We’re more conscious of consuming healthy, nutritious foods.Laura Davies, International Brand Manager for Taste Australia
Fruits are good sources of vitamins and minerals
A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar, which can help keep appetite in check.
Traditionally, oranges and tangerines are the fruits often gifted during Chinese New Year. However, eating a variety of types and colours of fruits gives your body the mix of nutrients it needs. This not only ensures a greater diversity of beneficial plant chemicals but also creates an eye-appealing gift.
Summer fruits, such as plums, nectarines, peaches, and apricots are powerful sources of vitamins, known to boost the immune system and provide energy to the body.
They contain an abundance of antioxidants such as vitamins A, E and C – vital tools that work to strengthen your immune system to fight off infections. The properties in vitamin C additionally increases the production of collagen for healthy skin.
These jewel-toned fruits are also brimming with high levels of potassium, which is a key nutrient in regulating blood pressure and promoting the health of your nerves and muscles.
Alongside their excellent health benefits, peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots are also wonderfully delicious, making them a perfect healthy treat to gift your friends and family members.
Stone fruits and their symbolism in Chinese culture
Some summer fruits have a strong connection to Chinese culture.
Peaches, for example, represent longevity and prosperity. This makes the fruit and its blossoms very important in Chinese culture, especially during the Chinese New Year festivities. Peach blossoms also symbolise romance, prosperity, and growth.
In traditional belief, peaches also represent immortality and unity. While immortality may be out of reach, health, longevity and unity are things we can actively work to achieve.Laura Davies, International Brand Manager for Taste Australia
Meanwhile, plums and apricots are often used as holy offerings in Buddhist temples as they are symbolic of good luck, wealth, fortune, and gold.
If you’re not sure where to get good Australian summer stone fruits, you can start with Taste Australia.
Taste Australia’s summer fruits are superfoods jam-packed with vitamins and delicious flavour and we’re pleased to be able to share them in Malaysia just in time for Chinese New Year.Laura Davies, International Brand Manager for Taste Australia
Whether you’re gifting during Chinese New Year or stocking up to enjoy at leisure, Taste Australia’s range of luscious summer fruits is available in all the major supermarkets, including Jaya Grocer, Village Grocer, and AEON supermarkets across Malaysia.
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