Every season is just like the mood of our Mother Nature, sometimes hot sometimes cold, and sometimes lukewarm. She brings different foods depending on her moods. Our body also responses according to the change in seasons and requires different food and nutrients. The seasonal fruits and vegetables have all the vitamins and nutrients that our body needs in that particular season.
So, it is wise to eat the fruits and vegetables when it’s their season because:
- The seasonal fruits are affordable and since they are more abundant, you can stock them up
- Since they are grown under appropriate weather conditions without any artificial influencer, they are super tasty and healthy
- The seasonal fruits have their own natural color and flavour
- When you buy seasonal fruits, you know that the nutrition level is high and fresh.
Now, have you ever thought what would happen if you buy them when it’s not their season? If you go to any supermarket, you will find the attractive food though it is not in season. You know how? Because they use one type of non-consumable gloss to keep them attractive and look fresh. That means, when you buy this food, you compromise on the nutrition level. You will never get the same nutrition from the seasonal food that is available in the other seasons.
Seasonal foods are more or less organic but in order to make them non-seasonal food, influencers and other chemicals are applied to them. So, when you are about to eat non-seasonal food, you should keep in mind that it is full of chemicals. Foods that are grown in the off-season, are sprayed with all sorts of chemicals in order to let them survive. As a result, they are sold at high price
Below are discussed the fruits and vegetable that are available in the main seasons and their importance:
During the summer season, due to the heat of the sun, we lose our appetite. And, our body perspires a lot to maintain the temperature. So, there is a great risk of body dehydration. Hence, during the summer season, all we need to do is to keep our body hydrated. The seasonal food has the cooling effect. Mango, grapefruits, Watermelon, cucumber, tomato, mushroom, eggplant, bell pepper, green peas, bottle guard, pumpkin, banana, asparagus, lettuce etc.
During the monsoon season, our body becomes vulnerable to waterborne diseases and infections. Therefore, our health takes a toll. The fruits and vegetables during this season keep us infection free. Broccoli, spinach, pumpkins, lettuce, sweet potatoes, eggplant, cauliflower, blueberries, cranberries, apples etc.
In comparison to our body temperature, the temperature outside drops down in winter and our immunity power becomes low. So, we easily catch a cold, and cough. Therefore, during this season, building immunity is highly important. The winter fruits and vegetables help us to build immunity and stay healthy. 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.
Seasonal fruits and vegetables are not only required nutritionally, but they are also important for their flavors and texture. Eat sensibly, eat what is in the season not off season!