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FRIENDLY SEASONAL FOOD

Seasonal produces refers to the times of the year when the harvest or the flavor of a given type food is at its peak. This is usually the time when the item is harvested. Seasonal fruits and vegetables retain more nutrients than their counterparts making them the better choice for your health, it’s better for your health.

Nutrition

The foods that are available to us round the clock are made available through various processes like cold storage and cannot even is compared to foods that are freshly produced. Off-season foods have to travel much longer as compared to seasonal fruits and vegetables. This leads to higher amounts of wax coatings, preservatives, and ripening agents in order to make them look fresh and healthy. Also, the longer the food stays unconsumed, the more nutrients it will lose.

It tastes better

Nobody wants to eat food that doesn't taste good. With off-season foods, that need to be transported in most cases, it becomes necessary that the harvesting is done earlier than it should be done. These are then refrigerated so they don't get spoilt while being transported. As a result of all this, the products will not be as good and ripe as expected and will lose their flavor and freshness.

Cost-effective

Apart from the nutritional benefits, seasonal foods come with many other advantages one of which is that these are very cost-effective. When something is produced in an area at the time when it is in season there, the cost of the food will automatically go down since the farmer spends no money on transportation and storage. When foods are transported from far off places, the burden of cost of transportation and storage gets transferred to the customers and they end up paying more.

Less risk of contamination

Transportation of food does not just lead to a drop in taste but also exposes the food to a risk of contamination

Natural nutritional needs

In winters, our body demands fruits and vegetables that are high in citrus and Vitamin-C. These are important for preventing infections that you are prone to in winters. Winter vegetables are perfect for hot meals and soups. Similarly, the fruits and vegetables in summers are usually very watery in order to keep the body rejuvenated and hydrated.

Environment-friendly

When you eat seasonally, your dependence upon local produce and local farmers increases thereby supporting them.

SOME SEASONAL FOODS

January

Vegetables
Brinjal, palak, tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, carrot, radish, beetroot, peas, broccoli, capsicum.
Fruits
Strawberries, grapes, guava, papaya, pomegranate, pineapple, passion fruit.

February

Vegetables
Cabbage, methi, carrot, radish, spring onion, capsicum, broccoli.
Fruits
Musk melon, grapes, oranges, guava, papaya, pomegranate, pineapple, strawberries.

March

Vegetables
Spinach, fenugreek, capsicum, carrot, pumpkin.
Fruits
Watermelon, mango — raw, grapes, orange, pineapple, banana, muskmelon, strawberries.

April

Vegetables
Lady’s finger, cucumber, karela, beans, pumpkin.
Fruits
Same as March + jackfruit.

May

Vegetables
Spinach, cucumber, karela, beans.
Fruits
Mango, raw — papaya, black jamuns, litchis, jackfruit, watermelon, muskmelon.

June

Vegetables
Spinach, lady’s finger, cucumber, corn, capsicum, sweet potato.
Fruits
Mango, litchis, black jamuns

July

Vegetables
Same as June + snake gourd, karela.
Fruits
Mango, cherries, peach, plum.

August

Vegetables
Same as June.
Fruits
Same as June + custard apple.

September

Vegetables
Same as June.
Fruits
Guava, papaya, pomegranate.

October

Vegetables
Brinjal, tomatoes, spring onions.
Fruits
Same as September.

November

Vegetables
Same as October
Fruits
Orange, dates, guava, papaya, pomegranate.

December

Vegetables
Same as October + radish, beetroot, yam.
Fruits
Strawberries, orange, sweet lime, fig, guava, pineapple.

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DITI PAUL BHATTACHARJEE
NUTRITIONIST/DIETICIAN

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