Easy ✔ Seasonal ✔ Vegan ✔

As the weather changes across the globe so does the fresh produce that is available. Each season offers an array of beautiful fresh produce, this is a great time to start experimenting and trying new recipes or reworking those old ones to incorporate more seasonal fruits and vegetables. Not only will your palate be impressed, but there are health benefits too. Here are the many benefits of eating seasonally by health expert Clara Chammas!

Why is it important to eat seasonal fruits and vegetables?

1. Fresher, tastier, and more nutritious.

Buying in-season fruits and vegetables means that what you’re buying is fresher, tastier, and more nutritious than out-of-season vegetables. The closer the land where the vegetables are harvested is to you, the less time it will take traveling from ground to plate. This also means that the harvest will not lose its nutritious values on the way to you.

2. Support our body’s natural needs.

It’s not a coincidence that winter - or the season of flu and cold - is the season for citrus fruits. Citrus fruits like oranges are particularly high in vitamin C which helps the body protect itself against the common cold and flu. However, summer is the season for juicy fruits like watermelon. They are almost 90% water which helps to stay hydrated during the hot months.

Summer

During the summer season, seasonal food has a cooling effect. Mango, grapefruits, watermelon, cucumber, tomato, mushroom, eggplant, bell pepper, green peas, pumpkin, banana, asparagus, lettuce, etc.

Spring & Fall

The fruits and vegetables during these seasons that keep us infection-free are broccoli, spinach, pumpkins, lettuce, sweet potatoes, eggplant, cauliflower, blueberries, cranberries, apples, etc.

Winter

Winter is the best time for all citrus fruits like sweet lime, orange, apples, strawberries, guava, pomegranates, pineapples, papaya, and vegetables like mushrooms, turnip, cabbage, winter squash, potatoes, carrots, beets, green beans, radish, spinach, cauliflower, and mustard greens.

1. Safer and cleaner.

Usually, most commercial markets use chemicals and preservatives to increase the shelf life of their produce. Since local foods are consumed much quicker, there is no need for as many chemicals. 

2. More environmentally-friendly.

Shipping food from other countries out of season burns a lot of fuel, whether truck or plane fuel, and that’s harmful to the environment. The fewer food miles the produce travels, the better for the consumer, the seller, and Earth. By buying produce from local farmers, you are supporting their local business. In addition, food grown, processed, and distributed locally (for example, to local restaurants) generates jobs and subsequently helps stimulate local economies.

Seasonal fruits and vegetables are also more affordable and more abundant! You can stock them up to make jams or compotes to enjoy during the cold months.

To note that eating seasonally and locally is not always a realistic option for everyone's health and pocket. It is about making decisions where possible that are better for your health and budget.

Summer salad recipe

Clara has prepared a highly nutritious salad with summer ingredients to help you enjoy the taste of summer on your plate!

Here’s what you need:

  • 4 cucumbers 
  • 4 tomatoes 
  • ¼ cup coriander 
  • 3 ripe avocados 
  • 1 lemon (juice) 
  • Salt + pepper to taste 
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ onion

Mince your ingredients well, then put them all in a bowl. Mix and season. All done!

If you tried this recipe or have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

July 08, 2021 — Mint Basil Team

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