Seasonal Fruits and Veggies

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Seasonal Fruits and Veggies:  It’s What’s Good For You!

So how do I find out what Fruits and Veggies are in season?

Well, it depends on where you live and what is growing there.  That’s why it’s also beneficial to eat local fruits and veggies. Just look at your local environment and take note of the temperature changes.  Let natures backdrop be your guide on what to eat.  Also, most grocery stores and Farmer’s Markets will stock a full display of Seasonal Fruits and Veggies up front.

Springtime:  Go for tender, leafy vegetables that remind you of spring growth and freshness.  Think greens such as swiss chard, spinach, lettuce, parsley and basil.

Summertime:  When it’s hot out, go for cooling foods.  Strawberries, apples, plums, watermelon.  For vegetables, try broccoli, corn and cucumbers.

Autumn: Temperatures are dropping, so shop for foods that are a little more warming than the summer foods.  Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Onions, Garlic and Ginger.

Wintertime: It’s COLD out!  Warm yourself up!  Fruits, Vegetables and Meats.  Insulate your body with warm foods.

 

Why is it Good to Eat Seasonal Fruits and Veggies?

 

Eating Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables Helps the Environment

When you buy produce that is local, you help cut back on environmental pollution.  There is a lot of travel time and distance to import produce from other regions of the country or world.  Not only does this contribute to expensive fuel consumption but it also adds to environmental pollutants.  This is much cheaper for everyone’s wallets to eat local and seasonal.  Now, I’m not saying you should avoid produce from other regions.  It’s a wonderful joy to eat fruits and vegetables from other countries.  What a great way to expand the palette and to experiment with different dishes!

Also, when the produce travels for a long time and distance  it can lose it’s nutrient load.  Those figs that traveled across the country and sat in a tray for a few days before being put on the produce shelves are likely not taste as fresh and delicious as the ones you picked up from your local farmers market or grocery store that carries local produce.

 

Seasonal Fruits and Veggies are Cheaper

When you purchase produce that is in season you save over 50%.  The produce is more abundant and if it is local you save more because of less transportation costs.

Seasonal Fruits and Veggies are Good for your Health
Eating seasonally is a great way to harmonize your body and health with your environment.  If you live in a cold climate region, would you want to eat cold and unripened watermelon all the time?  Probably not.  Fruits and Vegetables have great medicinal values to them and when you nourish yourself with produce that is in harmony with the season your body has a greater chance to heal from illnesses or better yet, to prevent diseases and illness.  Like the watermelon, it makes more sense to enjoy that during the hot summer months and treat yourself with pomegranates or pears in the cooler months. Or how about warm squash soup in the fall and winter months and chilled cucumber soup in the summer months!?  Discovering which fruits and vegetables are right for the seasons is a learning process.  Have fun with it!  Experiment with different dishes and share ideas with friends and neighbors!

For the Month of September Here is a List of Some Seasonal Fruits and Veggies:

Seasonal Fruits and VeggiesSeasonal Fruits and VeggiesApples
Nectarines
Peaches
Plums
Watermelon
Corn
Bell Peppers
Okra
Tomatoes

Have fun with Seasonal Fruits and Veggies and create colorful and tasty dishes that nourish you throughout the seasons!

 

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Kathleen Crandall

Hello there! Kathleen Hilker Crandall Speaking! I work as an Independent Pilates/Yoga teacher and Massage Therapist in Austin, Texas. Check out our Service Page for more details on what I offer. I truly love the work that I do and am glad to share with others what I have learned! Move Well. Eat Well & Nourish to Flourish :)

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