The arrival of Autumn is a great reminder of the importance of eating with the seasons for optimum health and wellness. In this post I will mention the benefits of seasonal diet and will mention a few recommended seasonal foods for this fall.
Seasonal Foods Diet
One of the most important factors when it comes to health, is making sure we are eating foods that are in season. It is not only a benefit to the environment where the transport of these foods over long distances and around the world is costly and requires an expensive infrastructure and large amounts of fossil energy but also to ourselves vis a vis chronic diseases.
Our constitution changes with the seasons of our local climate, ancient cultures such as Chinese, Middle Eastern, Indian and Tibetan had a heightened awareness of the natural way to harness that intrinsic relationship between the body and the Earth.
When we go shopping at any supermarket, we will find fruits and vegetables available year round which are not in season. Seasonal foods can be found more readily in organic stores and local farmers markets. They will typically be at their cheapest and will also have the advantage to be tastier (since they are harvested close to the optimal ripening stage) as well as rich in colours and flavors.
This can be applied to different meats as well! A study by Saoud et al. in 2008 compared two commercial fish species the rabbitfish Siganus rivulatus and the white sea bream Diplodus sargus, and have shown that the nutritive value of these species of fish vary throughout the year.
Here are some general seasonal foods for this Autumn, you are strongly advised to eat foods that are indigenous to your area.
September, October and November:
Aubergines, autumn lamb, artichoke, apples, blackberries, brussels sprouts, beetroot , beans, cabbage, cranberries, carrots, cavolo nero, crab, celery, celeriac, cucumber, courgettes, chestnuts, chicken, damsons, duck, dates, elderberries, figs, fontina, grapes, goose, guinea fowl, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce,leek, melons, mushrooms, mackerel, marrow, mussels, nectarines, onions, peppers, parsnips, peas, pepper, pears, pumpkin, pak choi, rhubarb, spinach, squash, sweetcorn, salsify, swede, sweet potatoes, sea bass, squid, swiss chard, tomatoes, tuna, turnips, venison, walnuts, whiting, quinces.
Leaving you with this great guide to healthy eating throughout the four seasons.