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Best local winter foods in Switzerland

Although the winter season does not offer a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, those that are present are real nutritional bombs. Nature is there to offer us the necessary nutrients for its evolution, and therefore for our immunity.

Here are 3 great fruits that you can consume in Switzerland during the winter:

Apple :

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.

This fruit is known for its abundance of soluble fibre, especially pectin, which helps maintain healthy intestinal transit, and helps regulate the absorption of sugar and fats during digestion. Apple pectin also captures heavy metals.

The apple also contains a wide variety of antioxidants from the flavonoid family, in particular quercetin which helps fight against oxidative stress by capturing and blocking the activity of free radicals, but also by inhibiting the oxidation of lipids. These antioxidants could apparently alter the profile of the microbiota and play a role in intestinal permeability, fat absorption, bile acid metabolism and systemic inflammation.

Fun fact: There are around 1200 apple varieties in Switzerland, and two thirds are grown in just three cantons: Thurgau, Valais and Vaud.

Swiss kombucha with organic, bio, swiss apples

Pear :

The pear is a fruit very rich in water with a rate of about 84%, it is a particularly thirst-quenching fruit. Its water contains carbohydrates responsible for most of the energy intake, which depends on the variety and its maturation.

It contains a wide range of vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Especially copper, vitamin C and vitamin K.

Like the apple, its main asset is its fibre content, between 2 and 3.5 g per 100 g. Fibre has the property of effectively stimulating the functioning of the intestines, by increasing the volume of the food bolus, and by accelerating intestinal transit. Thus fighting against a tendency to constipation.

Beware, however, of sensitivity to FODMAPs, because the pear contains sorbitol and fructose, types of sugars that can cause gastrointestinal disorders (gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhoea).

Fun fact: pears in Switzerland are cultivated in four regions: Sierre–Sion, Sion–Riddes, Riddes–Martigny and Martigny–Vernayaz. A tree needs four years of intense care before it produces its first fruit. Maximum harvest is achieved only after six to eight years.