As the weather changes across the world, so does the fresh produce that is available. It is important for your health to eat in season as much as possible. Here is why:
1. It tastes better! The other day I bit into a plum that literally tasted like nothing ... because it is not plum season! When fruits and vegetables that have been naturally ripened are picked for consumption from the vine or the tree and harvested at the RIGHT time, it will have much more flavor and nutrition.
When transporting crops, they must be harvested early and refrigerated so they don’t spoil during transportation; chilling majorly reduces the flavor. Then when they reach their destination they may need to be heated in a hot house to artificially ripen the produce before it goes onto the shelves; this reduces the flavor further, changes the texture and the taste.
2. Fresher with a HIGHER NUTRITIONAL VALUE. Produce that is purchased in season is more likely to be fresher, consumed closer to harvesting and higher in nutritional value, some anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C, folate and carotenes will rapidly decline when stored for periods of time. Locally in-season sourced fruits and vegetables will also appear brighter and more vibrant rather than limp and dried up
3. It supports your body’s natural nutritional needs. In winter we are provided by nature all things citrus, these are particularly high in Vitamin C which is very important for preventing infections such as colds and flu’s. Winter vegetables offer comfort and are perfect for hot meals, healthy stews, soups, casseroles and other warming meals.Summer foods such as stone fruits provide us with extra beta-carotenes and other carotenoids that help protect us against sun damage, they also provide more sweetness for an energetic summer, as well as salad vegetables for those tasty cool summer salads.
Our bodies really do work in tandem with mother nature. Unfortunately, modern agricultural methods and consumerism make it difficult for us to understand when to eat what product. But a simple google search will get you far. Also look for local farmers markets in your area; you'll save money, support farmers who grow organic and your body with THANK YOU!
Here is a list of in season veggies for autumn/winter: