A culinary quest
STRETCH YOUR PALATE AND EMBARK ON A FOODIE ADVENTURE, SAYS NADIA NATUROPATH AND MEDICAL HERBALIST ANNALIESE JONES
Variety is one of the forgotten keys to health. With imported fruit and vegetables in the shops, it’s easy to stick to the same diet year round. As a society, we’ve lost touch with the seasons and instead of eating a variety of produce, we find our favourites and stick to them. There are massive health benefits in consuming a diverse range of nutrients. Start small by swapping potatoes for parsnips or peas for edamame beans, or change the bread you eat. Additionally, vitamin, antioxidant and mineral levels are usually greater when we eat seasonal produce. Look up what’s in season where you live and seek it out. This time of year is the only good time for cherimoyas, a form of custard apple. Give them a go! Grapefruit, yams, asparagus, globe artichoke and watercress are all in season and full of unique nutrients your body will love. Browse farmers’ markets and ask stall keepers for their best recipes.