Eating seasonal produce is not only an excellent way for you to get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals; it will usually be far kinder to the environment and your wallet as well. If you have been unsure about what December has in store with regards to seasonal fresh produce, read on.
Not only are these extremely tasty in desserts, sauces and on their own; it has been discovered that raspberries are excellent for promoting heart health, can assist with improving health of Type 2 diabetes sufferers, boost immunity levels and even promote healthy eyesight.
Also called khubani in some parts of the world, apricots can be eaten and enjoyed in several different ways. These orangey yellow fruits contain high quantities of antioxidants and are known to promote bone and eye health, while also helping to alleviate anaemia, fevers and even constipation.
These fragrant and highly flavourful berries can be enjoyed on their own as a healthy snack or be used to make blender drinks, jams and even cocktail beverages. Strawberries are also rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C and fibre, meaning that they can play a part in improving the immune system, lowering blood pressure and helping to regulate blood sugar levels.
These citrus fruits may be sour, but they certainly pack a punch taste- and health-wise. Limes can be used to flavour drinks, add zest to sweet and savoury dishes, pickle onions, give flavour to sauces and marinades and even as an ingredient when making homemade ice cream.
These stone fruits are high in melatonin, which promotes a good night’s sleep. Cherries can be used to top ice cream and other desserts or even as a garnish to some savoury dishes.
Although classified as fruit, tomatoes are used to add flavour to many savoury dishes, salads and sandwiches. The lycopene, Vitamins C and K and potassium in them can help reduce the risk of developing heart disease and cancer.
Regardless of the type of beans you choose, all are packed with protein and can be used in several dishes to add flavour and bulk them up. Some beans are known to help fight against cancer, reduce the risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol levels.
8. Asian Greens
These include bok choy, choy sum and gai lum and are high in Vitamin C, various B Vitamins, fibre, iron, calcium and carotene and can be enjoyed raw or steamed.
These can be used in salads, soups, sauces and with eggs and they contain Vitamin C, K, B6 and folates. Minerals are also present in trace amounts.
Onions can be used to flavour several savoury dishes such as stews, soups and poultry and research has shown that they can be effective at preventing some forms of diabetes, asthma, cancer and heart disease.
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