Eating seasonally to nourish your body
This month we share an article from Eliza Blackwood’s cbdnaturalhealth.com.au webpage.
Have you noticed that a lot of fruits and vegetables are available in your supermarket ALL year round looking absolutely perfect? Have you ever wondered how this is possible?
Have a closer look at where these fruits and vegetables are coming from, often produce is either being imported or grown in artificial environments so they can stay available all year round.
This is one of the reasons why eating seasonally is beneficial for your health.
Why is it so important to eat seasonally? There are two BIG reasons:
Environmental impact: sustainable agriculture is more important than ever. Buying produce that is in season supports our local farmer’s and encourages farming techniques that protect the environment. Food transported from overseas to stock our supermarket shelves has a big carbon footprint trail.
Freshness: The fresher the food, the richer the nutrients. Foods that travel far or need cold storage for some time suffer nutrient loss. Food grown in artificial environments for year-round growing, can also have a poorer nutrient profile to fresh foods straight from the ground.
WHERE TO BUY SEASONAL PRODUCE?
Farmers markets and organic markets are ideal. If you don’t have one local to you, organic food delivery is easy and available almost everywhere. Organic food can only be grown to according to the seasons so is always a safe choice.
If the supermarket or local green grocer is more convenient for you, have a look at the winter produce guide below.
WINTER PRODUCE GUIDE
Hass Avocados, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Onion, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Potato, Leeks, Brussels sprouts, carrots, celery, beetroot, Cabbage, silverbeet, kale, Spinach
Apples, Kiwi Fruit, Lemons, limes, mandarins, oranges, passionfruit, pears, Rhubarb, Grapefruit.
WINTER RECIPE IDEAS
If you need inspiration for cooking in the winter season, try Googling recipes for these yummy and traditionally warming winter meals.
Pumpkin and adzuki bean stew
Lentil Shepherds Pie
Mixed vege and chicken soup
Roasted cauliflower, mixed root vegetable with Morrocan chickpeas
Slow cooked chicken cacciatore
Baked spiced apples