Health experts and chefs both often say you should eat ‘seasonally,’ or include foods in your diet that are grown at the same time of the year you eat them. Eating seasonally carries benefits to your health, the planet and your wallet as you eat a greater variety of produce (and therefore vitamins and minerals), support local, more sustainable farmers, reducing the impact of food mileage on the environment and the produce is more flavourful and grown without the need of pesticides and genetic modification.
A round-up of what’s in season at the moment and their health benefits is below – make the most of working these ingredients into your meals and your wallet will also thank you as what’s in season is usually the most affordable!
APPLES – Full of antioxidants, helps lower cholesterol and decreases risk of diabetes due to high soluble fibre content which helps curb blood sugar swings.
BRUSSEL SPROUTS – contains more than half your daily recommended intake of vitamin K, great source of folate and good source of iron.
PARSNIPS – Rich in potassium & good source of fibre
PEARS – Good source of vitamin C, copper and fibre
CAULIFLOWER – contains phytonutrients that can lower cholesterol and a great source of vitamin C
PUMPKIN – rich in potassium, more than 20% of your daily recommended intake of fibre and a good source of B vitamins
SWEET POTATOES – Excellent source of vitamin A, good source of iron, low GI and anti-inflammatory benefits
POMEGRANATES – high in antioxidants, good source of vitamin C and folate
Article by Tucker Street
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