Spring has officially sprung! Here’s what you can expect to be available during this beautiful season as well as some nutritional information and interesting facts about each.
Apples: a good source of dietary fibre, vitamin C and potassium, organic apples have been proven to be 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.
Asparagus: is a rich source of dietary fibere, vitamins B2, B9, C, K and E and minerals such as iron, phosphorus and potassium. After removal of the end of AN asparagus, the spears can be boiled, microwaved, cooked, fried, marinated or pickled.
Avocados: creamy and flavourful avocados are a versatile fruit that add heft and health to many dishes. While 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 vitamin 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.
Beans: are a nutritional powerhouse, high in protein, fibre, B vitamins, iron & potassium. Beans help to prevent heart disease, lower cholesterol, fight cancer, manage diabetes and aid in weight loss.
Beetroot: is a great source of fiber, folate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron and vitamin C.
Broccoli: a good source of vitamin A, BI and D, magnesium, protein, zinc, iron and dietary fibre.
Carrots: these root vegetables come with wholesome health benefiting compounds such as beta-carotenes, falcarinol, vitamin A, minerals and anti-oxidants in ample amounts. We’re looking forward to seeing them back on the market lists again.
Cauliflower: an excellent source of dietary fibre, vitamin C, K and vitamins of the B group and minerals including manganese, potassium and magnesium. Cauliflowers can be eaten raw, cooked or pickled and can be used as a substitute for rice and potato.
Chillies: helps to prevent cancer, reduce the chance of blood clots & fight colds The red varieties have the highest nutritional content.
Cucumber: are packed full of vitamin K, B vitamins, copper, potassium, vitamin C, and manganese. They belong to the same plant family as squash, pumpkin, and watermelon. Like watermelon, cucumbers are made up of mostly 95% water, which means eating them on a hot summer day can help you stay hydrated.
Garlic: is well known for its medicinal as well as culinary attributes. Helps to boost immunity, lower blood pressure, and aid digestion.
Grapefruit: are especially high in pectin, a soluble fibre that helps lower blood cholesterol. Some people with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other inflammatory disorders find that eating grapefruit daily seems to alleviate their symptoms.
Lemons: are 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 and a great way to flavour wate
Mangoes: are good sources of minerals such as copper and potassium. They also contain traces of magnesium, manganese, selenium, calcium, iron, and phosphorus. Organic mangoes are rich in vitamin C and A. Ripe mangoes contain less vitamin C than raw mangoes. They also have traces of vitamin E, B and
Onions: help to relieve a number of diseases including the common cold, asthma, bacterial infections, respiratory problems, angina, and cough. Onions are also known to repel insects like mosquitos.
Oranges: a juicy, sweet and renowned for its concentration of vitamin C, organic oranges make the perfect portable snack. In the warmer months we cut them up and freeze them for school lunche
Passionfruit: a very good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin A and C, potassium and magnesium.
Peas: the organic snow pea is a legume, more specifically a variety of pea eaten whole in its pod while still unripe.
Pineapple: helps to improve oral and eye health, boost immunity and blood circulation and protect against IBS.
Potatoes: a staple dietary item for much of the world’s population. The health benefits of potatoes include their ability to improve digestion, reduce cholesterol levels, boost heart health, 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
Silverbeet: a great source of vitamin A and vitamin K, potassium, magnesium, iron and calcium.
Strawberries: these sweet juicy fruits are a powerhouse of healthy nutrients. In addition to being low in kilojoules and high in potassium, berries are high in fibre, making them an excellent snack.
Spinach: A good source of dietary fibre, vitamin A and folic acid. Spinach also contains vitamin B2, B6 and is low in sodium and is a great addition on any green smoothie.
Sweetcorn: provides the necessary calories for healthy, daily metabolism, but is also a rich source of vitamins A, B, E and many minerals. Its high fibre content ensures that it plays a significant role in the prevention of digestive ailments like constipation and hemorrhoids as well as colorectal cancer. The antioxidants present in corn also act as anti-carcinogenic agents and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Tomatoes: the health benefits of organic tomatoes include improved eye sight, good stomach health, and reduced blood pressure, as well as relief from diabetes, skin problems and urinary tract infections. They can increase digestion, stimulate blood circulation, reduce cholesterol levels, and reduce inflammation. Tomatoes consist of a large number of antioxidants that have been proven to fight different forms of cancer.
Watermelon: packed full of vitamins and a great refreshing way to stay hydrated in the coming summer months.
Zucchini: A goos source of folate and vitamin C the zucchini is proven to help lower cholesterol and help with weight loss.When cooking zucchini, try stir-frying or steaming as this minimises nutrient loss. A single zucchini plant can produce over 30kg of zucchini!!