Nature has given us all the possible amenities to keep ourselves healthy. Interestingly, our body responds according to the change in season say summer, spring, monsoon, autumn and winter depending on particular weather patterns and daylight hours.
It is important for us to know the seasonal fruits and vegetables to get accustomed with the climate. The food list may vary according to the hemisphere.
There are three main seasons Summer, Monsoon and winter.
During Summer it is common to lose our appetite which makes us stay away from the heavy foods. Our body tends to maintain temperature by perspiring heavily, thus we need more amount of water to keep our body well hydrated.
Seasonal food has the naturally cooling effect on the body so we can rely completely on them such as watermelon, tomatoes, Cantaloupe, plums, peaches, raspberries, grapefruits, mangoes, kiwi, mushrooms, eggplant, corn, cucumbers, bell peppers, green peas, pumpkin, bottle guard, celery, bitter guard, apricots, bananas, zucchini, asparagus, artichokes, lettuce etc.
During Monsoon our body becomes vulnerable to infection, water born diseases. Hence our health takes a toll. Fruits and vegetables like pumpkins, broccoli, spinach, lettuce, sweet potatoes, corn, eggplant, cauliflower, cranberries, blurberries, apples, beets, ginger, garlic, brussel sprouts etc. are good during this seasons.
During Winter: The temperature drops down compared to our body temperature thus, we face cold, cough. Building immunity becomes very necessary during this season. Availability of papaya, all citrus fruits like oranges, sweet lime, straw berries, apples, guava, lemons, mushrooms, cabbages, turnip, winter squash, potatoes, beets, carrots, leafy vegetables, pomegranates, pine apples, custard apple, asparagus, green beans, radish, cauliflowers, spinach and mustard greens are good to consumer during this season.
Here are some amazing benefits of having seasonal fruits and vegetables:
- It is affordable to buy them as it is more abundant and you can stock for future use.
- It is tastier as it is fully, naturally ripened and they have significantly delicious taste than the artificial one.
- They are grown in season under appropriate conditions for the particular fruit or vegetables.
- They retain the most natural colour and flavour.
- We are more likely to get vitamins, other micronutrients and antioxidants from them.
While variety is important nutritionally, it is also important in terms of flavour and texture.