Fruits in Monsoon
Monsoon foods are more on the sweeter and citric side packed with a lot of nutrients that provide the necessary comfort. Vegetables can be eaten raw against the common belief that they should be well cooked, as they bring out the actual taste.
Select cherries that are plump, have glossy skins and pleasing green stems. Avoid spongy, dull or injured fruit. Small hard cherries lack flavour and juice, although the smaller varieties you get in India turn out to be pretty sweet. Even though they have a tinge of yellow you can opt for them. After the purchase make sure you store them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Cherries are highly perishable, so use as soon as possible.
It is preferable to buy litchis that are in bundles with stems and leaves rather than the loose ones. Choose those with brightly coloured skin instead of faded skins. Ensure the litchis are free of blemishes and avoid broken skins. Litchis taste best soon after purchase, but can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week.
When you want to pick up peaches, make sure the flesh is firm but yields to gentle pressure. Buy peaches that have a rich yellow colour especially at the stem. And most importantly a very distinct peachy aroma should be there give them a good sniff before buying.
Summer vegetables are watery in nature. Due to the high heat levels, summer fruits and vegetables provide for natural water content to prevent dehydration. However fruits and vegetables are recommended to be eaten raw during the summer to derive maximum nutritional value from them.
Winter vegetables are mostly sweet and filling. They don't contain unwanted fats and renders the required energy content to the body. Fruits and vegetables must be ideally steamed, but not over cooked. They provide warmth in winter.
Why buy seasonal?
This has the advantage of our bodies receiving the nutrients we need at a particular time, for none of us is truly aware of the subtle changes that take place within that necessitates an adjustment in our intake of food.
Fruits and vegetables will not only be cheaper but also at their flavour and nutritional peaks. The larger benefit of buying seasonal is the good it does the environment.
Why steer clear of non-seasonal fruits and veggies?
They lose their nutritional value due to preservatives like di-phosphides, sulphides and formic acids.
The consumption of chemically treated off season fruits and vegetables primarily affects children. They also contain chemical colours that can affect the stomach, kidney and liver. Buying non-seasonal also means a hit on your pocket.
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