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3 Great Reasons to eat Foods in Season

Lisa Cutforth - Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Benefits of Eating Foods in Season:


The season is changing, Autumn is here!  And there are some excellent reasons to eat foods that are in season.

    They are cheaper: there is usually an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables as it comes in to season and therefore laws of economics such as "supply and demand" mean we can buy it cheaper.  It also hasn't had to be shipped in or imported so you aren't paying for your vegetables "around the world", or even "around the country" travel expenses. 

    They are fresher: they haven't been kept in cold storage (picked green, sprayed and freeze ripened).  (Well there is less chance anyway, especially if you buy organic or you buy directly from farmers.

They are packed with everything you need to survive the season:  nature is pretty clever.  For example kiwi fruit, guavas and oranges and even the humble potato are packed with vitamin C.  Vitamin C is a really important vitamin especially in winter to keep your immune system strong to ward off the sniffles.  Vitamin C is also important for combating the effects of stress.  Pumpkin, sweet potato, potato, onions, the perfect ingredients for roasts and broths to keep you warm and cosy during the winter months.


What's in Season in Autumn in Australia?


Fruit:
Kiwi, pear, apples, guava, lim, oranges, figs, grape, pmegranate, persimmon

Vegetables:
Red cabbage, Asian greens, lettuce, spinach, silverbeet, chicory, avocado, zucchini, pumpkin, potato and sweet potato, red onion, leek, celery, fennel, mushroom, olives, carrot, onion, shallot

Nuts:
Pistachio, hazelnut, almond, walnut, chestnut, pecan

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