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EAT SEASONAL + KEEP IT LOCAL

EAT SEASONAL + KEEP IT LOCAL
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I’m more than happy to admit that despite growing up with a healthy knowledge of whole foods that I wasn’t 100% sure what fruits and veggies grew in what season.

Do you?

I mean, besides knowing a few major ones such as summer brings mangoes and cherries are hot property in early summer at Christmas time, I don’t think I could’ve told you what eating seasonally really meant!

Well… that has changed. I’ve made a point of seeking, buying and eating seasonally and therefore locally over the last year. It’s harder and takes a little dedication because it’s so much easier to nip into woollies to buy up your standard go-to veg. But, it’s been worth it.

It’s worth it for a few reasons:

1) Support local farmers – not the international marketplace – our $$ go to the families working OUR land
2) Sustainable – reducing our carbon footprint caused by shipping produce from thousands of miles away
3) Health – eating fresh is best. Less use of chemicals to ripen produce picked before it’s fully matured, which also means more nutrient dense food
4) Creative cooking – when you cook seasonal you get to experiment with new recipes instead of cooking the same things all year round
5) It tastes better!

So I give to you an easy reference for eating seasonally for February and March which I was lucky enough to find in a diary called the Foodies’ Diary. I’ll cover the other months as they come around.

FEBRUARY/MARCH

Fruit:

  • apples
  • bananas
  • blackberries
  • blueberries
  • boysenberries
  • figs
  • grapes
  • guavas
  • honeydew melon
  • kiwifruit
  • lemons + limes
  • loganberries
  • lycées
  • mangoes
  • mangosteens
  • nashi
  • nectarines
  • nuts
  • papayas
  • passionfruit
  • peaches
  • pears
  • plums
  • pomegranates
  • rambutans
  • raspberries
  • rhubarb
  • rockmelons
  • strawberries
  • tamarillos
  • valencia oranges
  • watermelons
Vegetables:
  • asian greens
  • avocados
  • beans
  • borlotti beans
  • capsicums
  • celery
  • chillies
  • cucumbers
  • daikon
  • eggplants
  • fennel
  • leeks
  • lettuce
  • okra
  • onions
  • peas
  • potatoes
  • pumpkins
  • radishes
  • shallots
  • silverbeet
  • spinach
  • squash
  • sweet corn
  • sweet potatoes
  • tomatoes
  • zucchini
  • zucchini flowers


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