You know summer has truly come when mangoes are here! From the large, flavourful Safeda in the north to the smaller juicy Ratnagiri Mangoes, every region in India boasts a regional and seasonal specialty, and we can’t imagine a season without these favourites. Like the plump Strawberries from Mahabaleshwar or the crunchy ice apples from Karnataka.
In fact, Seasonal eating in our country is an art. A delicious art! Our year is planned around all the flavourful fruits we can eat and the dishes we can make according to the season. And what an incredible variety we have. From stone fruits in monsoons, cooling cucumbers and watermelons during summers and juicy strawberries in the winter to coconut trees bearing fruit year-round.
However, the true goodness of seasonal eating lies in enjoying food that is locally grown. When in season, the fruits and veggies are at the peak of their freshness and nutrition. Not only are they perfectly ripe and flavourful but are also packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients. Here’s a look at why eating what’s in season and available locally is so good for you.
Do we even have a doubt? The perfectly ripe mangoes, the plump and juicy strawberries and the pleasantly sweet yet tangy oranges are fruits we can never get enough of. Naturally ripened fruits and vegetables grown and picked in season are bursting with flavour. Take a trip to your local farmers market for a taste. You will notice how the tomatoes grown there are much sweeter than the ones found in the supermarket! Imported fruits and veggies might look good, but they spend more time in travel and less time ripening to perfection.
High Nutritional Value
Eating seasonal produce gives you exactly the nutrition you need for that weather. In winter, you get a variety of citrus fruits that are high in Vitamin C which helps the body fight coughs and colds. The winter vegetables are perfect for making warm and nourishing meals like soups, stews and casseroles. On the other hand, summer foods such as mangoes, berries and cucumbers, are hydrating, protect us from sun damage and give us more energy in the summer heat. They can also be made into perfect cooling summer salads.
Sticking to local produce can be a wonderful way to help discover what is in season near you. Think about it. How far did the pear or apple you bought travel before it was stocked in your pantry? Did it come from your local farmer, did it drive across the country, or did it arrive by airplane? When purchasing local foods, the produce doesn't have to travel nearly as far and the associated fuel emissions and transportation costs are minimal. Plus, buying local helps support your local farmers.
So, what’s in season?
Are you looking to start eating seasonally but not sure where to begin? Let us help you discover the freshest, healthiest and in-season produce!