Fruits Substitutes


How’s your juicing going?

If you have committed yourself to adding fresh juices to your food repertoire, there may be times when you see a juice recipe you like, but unfortunately the fruit is not yet in season and cannot be obtained anywhere. Here are some substitute fruits you can use that will give the same nutrient kick your body needs.

The taste of the juices will vary somewhat. However, the chosen substitute fruits provide more or less the same amount of vitamins and nutrients as the fruit originally required in the recipe.

1. If cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon are unavailable, replace with cucumber. Cucumbers and melons belong to the same family along with squash, gourds and pumpkins. Both cucumbers and melons are a good source of vitamin C and folic acid. They are also excellent sources of magnesium and a variety of important minerals. If you find the taste of the juice lacking in sweetness, adding half an apple or fresh-squeezed orange juice should do the trick.

2. If grapefruit is unavailable, replace with a similar amount of orange, lemon or pomelo juice.

3. If peach is unavailable, replace with a nectarine, which belongs to the same family of peaches. If neither is to be found, replace the fruit with carrot and pear.

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