Fruit and vegetables come in all different colors, shapes and flavours :). However the real beauty is what is found inside. As I have previously mentioned ( and I will still continue to say that) fruit and vegetables are known to provide ample sources of many vitamins, minerals and other natural antioxidants that may help reduce the incidence of chronic diseases.
Buying fruit and vegetables in season, generally taste better 🙂. People who buy produce in season will notice the difference in taste between a freshly picked, warm sun ripened fruit and one picked when unripe and then consumed several weeks later. There are some fruit and vegetables are available all year round, such as apples and potatoes. Availability of some fruits can vary which depend on the time of year, for example strawberries and mangoes.
For those who are interested in making recipes the Better Health Channel website has a recipe finder that helps you cook based on what’s in season. Also you can check you local supermarkets ( Woolworth’s or Coles), which also have free booklets of which produce is in season. Or you can go to your local fruit shop (I’ll post a link below of some of the main local produce stores in Melbourne) .
I’ve posted some links below which provides which fruit and vegetables are in season, benefits of buying seasonal fruits and some recipes aswell.
http://marketfresh.com.au/producereport.asp?ID=111 (Provides details of every produce from A-Z, recipes, education and programs, that aim increase fruit and vegetable consumption).
http://www.healthyfamiliesmonash.org.au/seasonal-produce (seasonal availability and Markets in Melbourne)
http://www.mygreenaustralia.com/2010/08/australian-fruit-and-vegetable-season-list/ (seasonal availability)
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcrecipes.nsf/InSeasonView/InSeason?OpenDocument (seasonal availability and recipes)
http://livehealthyosu.com/2011/09/01/summertime-a-time-to-try-a-new-recipe/ (more reasons why you should eat your fruit and Vegies!!)
http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/what/index.html ( What counts as 1 serve)