When we talk about seasonal eating, we are talking about a few things that benefit from the idea of “Eating seasonally…”
Firstly, eating seasonally can be provoked by having your own garden, certain things will only grow in certain climate seasons of the year so you only have exposure to those foods for a short time. Allowing more diversity in your eating regime.
Seasonal Eating – Flora Diversity
With diversity and seasonal eating allows the feast and famine notion to apply to our microbiome. Our ancestors laid the foundation of our microbial populations based on the hunter-gatherer stance that we have come to learn about them. To see the diversity of their microbiomes, change over the course of the seasons gave us a fair indication of the impact of not having certain foods for periods of time helping with the maintenance of the internal populations. (Research articles for reading at the bottom)
Nutrient Density and Locality of Grown Goods
Another important factor to consider with seasonal eating is the overall nutrient density of the food from farm/garden – how was it processed, stored, grown, soils, etc. These are things you can have control over if you choose to, pop into your local farmer’s Markets if you want a better indication of what’s in season and more organically grown often. Plus, supporting smaller businesses like your local farmers benefits both of you in the long run!
So without further a-due Here is a composed list of seasonal Foods to use as a guide depending on which hemisphere you are in reading this:
|Wild berries||Lima and Fava Beans|
|Bell peppers||Brussel Sprouts|
|Summer Squash||Sweet Potato|
|Lima beans||Fava Beans|
|Asian Pears||Blood Orange|
|Star Fruit||Swish Chard|
|Fava Beans||field beans|
All Year Rounders
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- 2017 Aug 25;357(6353):802-806. doi: 10.1126/science.aan4834. Seasonal cycling in the gut microbiome of the Hadza hunter-gatherers of Tanzania. Smits SA1, Leach J2,3, Sonnenburg ED1, Gonzalez CG4, Lichtman JS4, Reid G5, Knight R6, Manjurano A7, Changalucha J7, Elias JE4, Dominguez-Bello MG8, Sonnenburg JL1.
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