Eating seasonally is not only incredible for your health, but also for the planet. These days we are fortunate enough to have access to a plentiful array of fresh produce at our fingertips, however, it has left us reaching for the same fresh produce and lacking diversity.
How often do you catch yourself eating the same two fruit and five veg each day? It is not until we educate ourselves to what foods are in season that we can truly change our way of eating.
How does eating seasonally impact your health?
When we shop and eat local produce, the value of the nutrients hidden within is so much greater. Did you know that the large supermarket chains pump their bananas with gas in storage to make them become yellow in colour without ripening? Or, that they spray their ‘non-organic’ produce every night with chemicals to help preserve them on the shelf? These ‘hidden’ tricks may not be visible to the naked eye, however, once it reaches your insides these nasties will become evident. Eating seasonal produce increases our nutrient diversity, providing our body with an abundance of goodness from different sources so it can soak up all of the different phytonutrients they deliver.
How does eating seasonally impact the planet?
Locavore – to choose food that is grown locally. This way of living significantly reduces the impact of our food consumption on the planet. Why? Because when we shop and eat local produce we reduce the number of resources it takes to transport our food. To put this into perspective, it takes 177 times greater the greenhouse gases when flying our food as opposed to shipping it. So every time you choose to purchase food that has been grown overseas, remind yourself of the fact that not only has this produce been harvested long ago, it has also contributed to increased greenhouse gas emissions too. To make things easier for you, each season we will introduce you to the plant-based goodness to favour. Take a look below to learn more about what produce is in season in Australia during winter.
Winter Seasonal Produce in Australia
Fruits: Avocados, bananas, cumquat, grapefruit, kiwifruit, lemons, limes, mandarins, and navel oranges.
Vegetables: Beetroot, broad beans, leafy greens, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, Chinese broccoli and cabbage, English spinach and leeks.
When it comes to our recipe collection we like to construct these from seasonal produce to help make this transition to seasonal eating more achievable. Tuck in to our latest winter fare – our Creamy Broccoli, Lemon and Fennel soup.