Eating organic means eating in season and with the start of a new month this week, comes new fruit and vegetables. Here’s what you can expect to be in season during July along with some nutritional information and interesting facts.
Apples: A good source of dietary fibre, vitamin C and potassium. Organic apples have been more effective in keeping people awake than coffee. Apparently, it is due to the natural acidity and because sugar in the apple will be slowly released in your system.
Avocados: Creamy and flavourful, avocados are a versatile fruit that you can add to many dishes. Whilst avocados have a high fat content, they are also packed with nutrients and are a great way to add healthy fat to your diet.
Bananas: A good source of vitamins C and B6, potassium, and cholesterol-lowering dietary fibre. Bananas also provide complex carbohydrates and energy, and yield approximately 12% of the recommended daily folate intake.
Beetroot: High in immune-boosting vitamin C, fibre and essential minerals like potassium and manganese. Proven to help lower blood pressure and fight inflammation.
Broccoli: Boosts the immune system, fights heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Helps to promote healthy bones and eye sight.
Brussels sprouts: Did you know organic Brussels sprouts are a member of the cabbage family? Raw Brussels sprouts contain excellent levels of vitamin C and vitamin K, with more moderate amounts of B vitamins, such as folic acid and vitamin B6.
Cabbage: Is an abundant source of Vitamin C. You might be surprised to know that it is actually richer in vitamin C than oranges, which is traditionally considered the “best” source of that vital nutrient. Useful in the treatment of constipation, stomach ulcers, headache, excess weight, skin disorders, eczema, jaundice, scurvy, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, eye disorders, heart diseases, ageing, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Carrots: These root vegetables come with wholesome health benefiting compounds such as beta-carotenes, falcarinol, vitamin A, minerals and anti-oxidants in ample amounts. Carrots also promote healthy eye sight.
Cauliflower: A good source of vitamin B6 and K, protein, magnesium, folate, potassium and fibre. One serving of cauliflower contains 77 percent of the recommended daily vitamin C intake.
Celery: Celery leaves have a high content of vitamin A, whilst the stems are an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C with rich supplies of potassium, folate, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and plenty essential amino acids.
Fennel: High in vitamin B6 and C it contains significant amounts of fibre which can help to lower cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease.
Kiwifruit: A rich source of vitamin C vitamin K and vitamin E. It is also and a good source of dietary fibre.
Leeks: A good source of vitamin C and iron. They make a great addition to stews, casseroles, soups and stir-fries
Lemons: A great source of vitamin C, B6, A and E, folate, calcium, iron and more! Lemons are a great natural medicine to combat colds and sore throats (very handy this time of year!)
Mandarins: Rich in vitamin A, B and C and fibre and low in fat the mandarin is a great anti-oxidant
Onions: High in vitamin C to boost immunity onions can help to substantially relieve a number of diseases including the common cold, asthma, bacterial infections, respiratory problems, angina, and cough. Health experts acknowledge the fact that onions provide a great respite for patients with chronic asthma, allergic bronchitis, common cold-related cough and cold syndromes
Oranges: Juicy, sweet and renowned for its concentration of vitamin C, organic oranges make the perfect portable snack.
Parsnips: An excellent source of soluble and insoluble dietary fibre, the organic parsnip is a root vegetable closely related to the carrot and parsley.
Potatoes: One of the most common and important food sources on the planet. The health benefits include their ability to improve digestion, reduce cholesterol levels, boost heart health, protect from polyps, prevent cancer, manage diabetes, strengthen the immune system, reduce signs of ageing, protect the skin, increase circulation, reduce blood pressure, maintain fluid balance, reduce insomnia, and boost eye health.
Pumpkin: An antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory food which helps with joint health, organ health, stress relief and soft tissue injuries! Pumpkins can help protect the eyes from cataracts and degeneration with their vitamin A content. The high levels of vitamin C help the immune system and encourages collagen production for the skin to maintain its beautiful glow and elasticity.
Rhubarb: Filled with dietary fibre, protein, vitamin C, B and K, calcium, potassium, manganese, and magnesium .Please note: Rhubarb leaves contain poisonous substances, do not eat the leaves.
Silverbeet: A great source of Vitamin A and Vitamin K, potassium, magnesium, iron and calcium.
Strawberries: One serving of organic strawberries contains 160 percent of the daily recommended allowance of vitamin C. Strawberries are also high in folate, which is especially important for pregnant women. A serving of strawberries has 2 grams of fiber, which is important for healthy digestion. It also has 9 grams of sugar, mostly in the form of fructose.
Tangelos: Tangelos are a hybrid of a mandarin and a grapefruit. They have thin skin that peels more easily than grapefruit, with a slightly more tart (though still sweet) flavour than mandarins. They’re very juicy, traditionally even juicer than an orange, with few seeds.
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