Eating with the Seasons
You’ve probably noticed that you crave different foods at different times of the year; starchy potatoes and filling soups in winter, fruit and sliced tomatoes in summer. And interestingly, these are the foods that are in season during those times. The synergy between our bodies and nature is really remarkable.
We’ve become so used to seeing vegetables and fruit all year round in the supermarket, even though we feel the pinch in our wallet if we say, really want fresh mango during July. But it may be worth keeping an eye on grower’s guides, and figuring out what’s actually in season – and adjusting your shopping list accordingly.
When foods have been in cold storage for a long time, traveling from greenhouses or a long way interstate, their nutritional value starts to go down. They’re also more likely to have been sprayed or preserved in ways that just aren’t good for your body.
While we absolutely advocate eating widely and as much fruit and veg as possible, take the time to ask your local farmers at the market what’s in season where you are, and what they recommend. It lets you help the “little guy” (no big supermarket chains giving them a pittance while adding a huge markup), and you’ll be amazed how much better you feel.