From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah
The best thing about eating seasonally is that we can appreciate nature’s variety and gifts. January and February in India is the time for strawberries, and for Gujaratis Ponkh and Undhyu. In the North, its time for peaches, apricots, plums, pears and cherries and in the South its the season for passionfruit, sweet corn. Its also the season for oranges, sweet lime and grapes! And how could I forget the greens? We have all kinds of lettuce, rucola, kale and other greens in plenty at this time of the year. And tomatoes too. Though we are used to having tomatoes all year round, these have to be grown in the hills.
If you have green smoothies every morning, you are probably enjoying nature’s bounty now. If you are not, don’t forget to try some. My favourite is banana, strawberry and passionfruit with greens.
One word of caution – strawberries, cherries and grapes are grown conventionally with large amounts of pesticides. Farmers literally dip the grape bunches in pesticides. Its worth every single effort to avoid these poisons and buy organic produce. The fruits taste better than ever, have higher nutrition and help you heal.
Once the cool season wanes, the reds (strawberries, cherries, tomatoes, plums and grapes) reduce and then come the mangoes. Isn’t nature wonderful? Enjoy the fruits of this and every season.