There’s something wonderful about the seasons. Well, perhaps not the four seasons in one day that Melbourne can deliver at times, but the natural turning of the earth, the time to refresh, replenish and rejuvenate. The way that our bodies and our minds, much like all things in nature, respond and react to the changes in our environment as one season transforms into the next.
One way in which we can transition and adapt to the changing seasons is by the foods that we choose to eat. As we put the finishing touches on our new winter menu in The Beatt Cafe, we can’t help but reflect on the many excellent reasons for eating seasonal produce.
Produce that has been allowed to fully ripen in its natural seasonal environment tastes amazing! Freshly picked fruit and vegetables bring the most joy to or senses – crisp, fragrant, juicy and colourful. There’s nothing like heirloom tomatoes plucked from the vine, or crisp winter apples picked straight off the tree.
Plants get their nourishment from the sun and soil and seasonally fresh produce is picked when it’s perfectly, naturally ripened. If produce is in abundance, nature intends for us to consume it. Not only is it more cost effective, it’s better for our bodies.
Apples that grow in autumn are the perfect transition food to help our bodies get rid of excess heat and cool down before winter. In the spring, fresh leafy greens help us alkalize, detox and feel lighter after a winter of heavier foods. In the summer, we can cool down and stay hydrated by eating more fruits, berries, cucumber and watermelon. Building a lifestyle around eating seasonal foods facilitates the body’s natural process of healing and rejuvenation for inner health and wellness.
3) Environment & Community
Seasonal produce is more likely to be produced locally, which reduces the travel miles, thereby minimising our carbon footprint.
It’s also great to feel connected to where your food comes from, who is growing it and how they do it. Traders at farmer’s markets and other local markets, or the team at your local organic fruit and vege store, possess a wealth of knowledge – ask questions and get your hands on the seasonal produce available in your local area. Support local farmers and enjoy the benefits of taste and nutrition, as well as doing something positive for our environment.
4) Creativity & Variety
Eating seasonally challenges us to be creative in coming up with new and delicious dishes with a variety of fresh ingredients. It ensures that we eat a wider variety of fruit and vegetables, giving our bodies a broader range of the vitamins and minerals that allow us to thrive. Eating seasonal produce is also a wonderful way to expand your palette and to introduce your children to a broad array of fruit and vegetables.
We can’t wait to nourish you all with our new winter menu coming soon. Pop in to try out some of our wonderful new season dishes and be sure to let us know what you think.
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