Eating in Season

We’re always told to eat what’s in season. But why is that? We get mixed messages sent to us because of the availability of all fruit and vegetables all year around from all over the world. We can eat oranges from South America, peaches from America, apples from England etc etc. But what we really should be eating, and I am going to start taking more notice of,  is food in season in the region you live in. Firstly, it should be cheaper to eat in season. Secondly, if the food is in season, technically it takes less time to get to your plate then, which will mean it has better nutrient levels and will taste better. Thirdly, it makes sense because in Winter, we want warm foods such as soups, casseroles and stews and in Summer we want cool foods like salads, raw fruits and veggies. Eating by the season can help to regulate your body temperature.

For example:

Cooling Foods
Raw fruits and vegetables
Cucumbers
Zucchini
Citrus Fruits
Leafy greens
Mung beans
Sprouts

Warming Foods
Cooked vegetables
Cabbage
Coconut
Avocado
Root vegetables (ie. potatoes)
Oats
Lentils
Nuts and seeds
So how do you find out what’s in season?

GOOGLE of course. Just type in something like ‘Seasonal fruit in Brisbane’. I found this great link that lists by month what fruit and veggies are in season in Brisbane or the Woolworths site is quite good. A lot of the foods listed, I have no idea what they are! Like Slippery Jacks? Pepino? Carambola? But, it’s a good guide. So this month I will try an make sure I put the following in our basket at the markets!

  • Asparagus (see my Asparagus recipe here)
  • Avocado (I’m determined to like avocado, I’ve disliked it my whole life so far)
  • Basil (I just bought two bunches at the markets yesterday, to make pesto)
  • Broccoli
  • Butternut pumpkins (We eat a lot of pumpkin, I have recently started toasting the seeds, YUM!)
  • Cabbage (I actually made cabbage soup last night)
  • Carrots (I eat carrots almost everyday, I love them raw as a snack)
  • Cavendish bananaa (We eat a lot of these, especially in smoothies)
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Dates (I just bought some to make a date and chocolate slice soon)
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Gold kiwifruit (since I discovered these, I prefer them to Green kiwifruit! They are less sour)
  • Imperial manderines
  • Leeks
  • Lemons (see my Asparagus and Lemon Brown Fried Rice)
  • Parsnips (we have very recently developed a fondness of parsnips, its delicious, why have I never eaten it?)
  • Passionfruit
  • Rosemary (I actually just picked some up for a recipe I’m making later on this week)
  • Shallots
  • Zucchini (see my latest recipe, Zucchini muffins)

So next time you shop, take a quick minute to have a look at what’s in season and what you can cook to fit in with it.

 

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