The importance of eating seasonally can never be stressed enough. Not only do you get better quality nutrients, but it is also good for the environment. Technology in modern times aids us in eating most fruits and vegetables year-round. But not only is this taxing on our land, but it also produces a lot of carbon that affects our world.
We are truly fortunate in South Africa that we’re ideally situated to grow a massive range of fruits and vegetables. Let’s have a look at what is currently on the menu during winter.
Shaping Sustainable Eating Habits
There are many vegetables that grow nearly all year, including beetroot, asparagus and celery. Some fruits like apples and bananas are also naturally available throughout most of the year. Other fruits and vegetables are only up for eating seasonally. Use seasonal foods to bring variety into your home and explore new and tasty dishes with these:
With loads of iron, calcium and magnesium it is little wonder why spinach is such a great food source. It aids towards cancer prevention, increases bone health and lowers blood pressure.
Mushrooms are low in calories and are a great source of protein and plant-based fibre. Not only that, they contain natural insulin and enzymes which helps to break down the starch in food.
Did you know that garlic contains antioxidants that protect against cell damage and ageing? Garlic has also been proven to be very useful in boosting your immune system and combatting the common cold!
Horseradish can also claim to aid in cancer prevention and building human resistance to environmental toxins. They are packed with antioxidant properties and can also be used to relieve sinus and respiratory discomfort.
Oranges, lemons, naartjies, limes and grapefruits are all in this season! They are all perfectly packaged as an excellent source of immune-boosting vitamin C. Keep the winter sniffles away by stocking up on this winter fruit selection!
Avocados don’t only grow in the winter, but they deserve a special mention as another superfood on our list. They are known for their rich and healthy fatty acids and can even help to chase away the winter blues.
Granadillas are known to promote better sleep, help with weight loss and are full of antioxidants! They also boost the immune system, which is why they are great in the wintertime.
Gooseberries are another great source of Vitamin C and Vitamin A that boosts the immune system. They are also great for bone health. Gooseberries go well in baked puddings and even savoury stews.
We have so many wonderful seasonal fruits and vegetables this winter. You have no excuse not to bring some of these amazing foods into your kitchen and start eating seasonally. Remember an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Consider planting your own so that you can harvest anytime you need.