by Fred Roundstone
(Angmering, West Sussex, UK)
Believe it or not, eating fruits in season bring some health benefits. Firstly, just eating fruits can help you body recover from the stress and the toxins that accumulated in the course of our daily lives.
Fruits contain antioxidants that help remove those harmful chemical compounds from the unhealthy food we eat and even from the pollution we get from our environment.
When you eat fruits that are not in season, you’ll find some differences in the taste. Since these fruits are not grown locally and shipped from a greenhouse somewhere, the taste is greatly affected.
One reason is because the fruits are harvested early and stored in freezers so they arrive in their destination ripe or beginning to ripen. Because they ripen in an artificial environment, the full flavor of the fruits does not have the opportunity to develop.
Not to mention that every step of the way, from early harvesting, to cool storage, to handling and finally to the delivery, the overall constitution of the fruits are being affected.
The same thing goes with the nutrients. Harvesting early does not allow the fruits to develop its complete roster of nutrients. Another good thing of eating fruits seasonally is that it creates a varied dietthroughout the year.
It encourages you to explore new food groups which help the body to relax and keeps the body well provided for in terms of nutrients. Fruits that are in season are rich in vitamin C, iron, folate, and fiber among others.
Not only does eating in season benefit your body, it is also good for you local economy and of course, better for your family’s budget. Fruits that are in season are cheaper especially if you go to your local farmers’ market where you can get real fresh supplies of locally available fruits.
And because they are available locally, you won’t pay additional from shipping and extra packaging. Moreover, the fruits you buy in season would most likely be free from various pollutants resulting to the series of packaging, shipping and storing. You get the fruits as they are when you buy in season: warm, fresh and nutritious.
To get the most benefit from your local agricultural produce, it is best to familiarize yourself with the different kinds of seasonal fruit trees that grow in your area. Also, check the time of your local farmers’ market so you can get the first pick of the harvest.
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