“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Last but not least, its Summer!!!! (well Late Summer) but still I made it just in time to sum up and give you some tips on how to keep this ‘Seasonal Foods‘ Lifestyle going. It has been a year since my first post so I will try to give you some 5 final bullet points and ideas for your to keep on your fridge or bathroom mirror and YOU to see and apply everyday! Your body will thank you for it!
June, July and August:
Apricot, Aubergine, Banana, Basil, Beef, Beetroot, Blackcurrant, Blueberries, Broad Bean, Cabbage, Carrot, Cherry, Chervil, Chicken, Courgette, Courgette Flower, Crab, Fennel Bulb, Fig, Garlic, Globe artichoke, Gooseberry, Halibut, Kohlrabi, Lamb, Lamb’s Lettuce, Lettuce, Mackerel, Mint, Nectarine, New Potatoes, Onion, Pak Choi, Peas, Pepper, Pomegranate, Potato, Radicchio, Radish, Raspberry, Redcurrant, Runner Bean, Salmon, Samphire, Sorrel, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Tomato, Tuna, Watercress, Watermelon and Whiting.
Five #1woman Seasonal Food Tips
1. Skip The Messenger : Inquire & research local farms next to your home , no need to go to your local supermarket. Try to visit them the first time and check their form of production. If they eat what they reap then there is a good chance it is more organic and less ingested with chemicals and pesticides then not.
2. Join the ‘Locavores’ community: The Locavore is a person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food ( not more than 100-200 km) from his/her place of residence. It became such a trend in the US and Canada that you can even go to a ‘Locavore cafe’ or a ‘150 cafe’ (everything that is picked from a 150km radius) for a local nice meal.
3. Integrate wild plants in your diet : Be careful with this one , even though some plants are known for their therapeutic values and benefits some can be just plain toxic. ‘Edible Wild Plants & Herbs: A Compendium of Recipes and Remedies‘ by Pamela Michael can be a nice guide for some home made recipes.
4. Plant your own food: This obviously depends on climate, soil, rainfall and space. But you can be your own urban gardener! Growing and producing your own food seems to be an increasing trend, not just in cities but across the country. It is not only cheaper, but can also be growing something different than what you find in shops. Information has sprung up on the internet explaining how to build vertical gardens – using anything from shop-bought kit to repurposed wooden pallets to grow herbs and vegetables on walls.
5. “Regulation of diet, taken in moderate quantities is the best of all rules of conduct” : Everything is said in this simple phrase by Ramana Maharshi. I don’t think there is much of an importance and priority in being vegetarian or carnivore, eating cooked or raw, prescribing this or that superfood . What is important is your appetite and the desire of your body in having a certain food type. Listen to your body and banish any excess that could be a cause of disruption and therefore disease.
Keep up your Seasonal Foods Lifestyle throughout the year !!!!