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Benefits of eating with the seasons...

4 Dec 2012 3:41 PM - they are many and varied...


Do you eat with the seasons, following local growing patterns or have you lost touch with nature like so many of us? 

I have noticed in my lifetime, a distinct change in the availability of fruit and vegetables throughout the year.  And yet, in spite of this, when I quiz my naturopathic clients about their food intake I often find it is lacking in variety.

When I was young, we used to wait with salivating expectation for the summer fruits to come in.  We had a plum tree, a passionfruit vine, raspberries and tomatoes growing in the garden.  I can vividly remember, watching the fruit form and ripen, waiting for the day when mum would let me go out and start picking them.  And we would go out and check for newly ripened fruit each day over the holidays.  (Sometimes the raspberries didn't even make it into the house.)

Now, with hot houses, cool stores, early harvesting and artificial ripening, air freight, global economies etc etc we seem to have lost touch with the seasons and the benefits of local produce. 

I know there are some people who think that it's convenient to be able to get cherries or tomatoes all year round for example but eating with the seasons has a number of advantages. 


The advantages of eating with the seasons include:

  • smaller carbon footprint as they are less likely to have been shipped in from interstate or overseas

  • improved flavour and nutritional content as a result of growing naturally with the season instead of artificially (or even months earlier and then stored as their nutrients slowly decline)

  • cost savings as produce is generally cheaper when it is most abundant and grown without artificial assistance

  • supporting the local economy and local farmers

  • increased variety in your diet instead of buying the same things week-in-week-out out of habit and better variety means less risk of running low in key vitamins and minerals

  • eating foods that are best suited to our seasonal needs (think cooling cucumbers and juicy watermelon in the heat of summer).

One of the best ways to ensure you are eating fruit and vegetables at their seasonal best (if you can't grow them yourself) is to shop at your local market.

So, what do you think?  Will you try to be more aware of seasonal eating in future?  What's your favourite market and why? Pop your answer in the comments below.

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Kaye Wright
Naturopath
Melbourne CBD

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