As we say a sad good-bye to summer, we welcome fall with fresh autumn breezes, beautiful outdoor colour and a bountiful harvest.
For the past 2 weeks, I have picked just about every wild apple in a 5 km radius of my home and I have been busy dehydrating apples for apple chips and freezing them for the winter. I’ve also made my Apple pie (see recipe from my book “21 Day Fast Track Diet”) using the maple syrup tapped from the trees at the end of our laneway. Sounds like a lot of work doesn’t it? Actually it’s pure pleasure to prepare and even more rewarding to be eating something so tasty straight from Mother Nature untampered.
My Top 8 Reasons it’s always Best to Eat What’s in Season:
- Flavor: Eating is one of the true pleasures in life. Fruits and vegetables that have been allowed to completely ripen in the sun burst with flavor. Eating a tomato or apple just picked is like deliciously bonding with nature. There is nothing like it!
- Nourishment: Plants get their nourishment from the sun and soil. When produce is picked according to their season, they are ripe and fully developed. Since the plant has more natural sun exposure, it means that it contains more health promoting antioxidants.
- Price: When produce is abundant and in season, the price is less.
- Less compounds, pesticides and contaminants. As we all know, these factors are so detrimental to our health. Also there is less “food mileage” which reduces the load to our environment
- Community; It is comforting to know where your food is coming from and who is growing your food. Somehow we feel more connected to the whole process. CSAs or local farmer’s markets get you one step closer to the farmers who grow your food. It’s a great feeling to know that we are supporting our local farmers.
- Cooking at home: Cooking with our family and friends is a wonderful way to spend time together and show our love. Not only that, we are able to have more control as to what goes into our food. This allows us to make better choices for our health.
- Variety for maximum health: The seasonal cycle of our produce is designed to support our health optimally. Apples grow in the fall to help the body get rid of heat from the summer and cool down for the winter. In the spring, leafy greens are plentiful. Leafy greens are known for their dotoxification properties that help us lose weight over the winter months. In the summer, we need more water containing foods to stay hydrated such as watermelon, berries and cucumbers.
- Organic/ Free of Pesticides: Grocery stores will always sell food that is outside the growing season. But what do these foods contain? Unfortunately, they contain a lot more pesticides, waxes, chemicals and preservatives. By eating more seasonal and local food, you are likely purchasing a cleaner product. When food is locally grown , you don’t need to be as concerned whether or not it’s organic.
Eating seasonally simply feels like it’s the right thing to do. Craving certain foods according to our season is our bodies’ message that our nutritional needs are also changing.
Enjoying the bounty that’s in our back yard is one of the keys to happiness, energy and vitality. Happy picking!