Growth Every season

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Hello friends!

The Southern Hemisphere has recently entered into the autumn season, but knowing my country like I do ( we are on the southern most tip of Africa) we won't enjoy much of the season because before we know it winter will be here and it'll be out with my smoothie menu and in with the winter classic — well, soup. Thinking about winter has had me wondering about produce, in all honesty I only ever indulge during the summer and near the end of spring, the rest of the year I eat what I find at the local fruit and veggie market.  If you have spent some time wondering if you'll be making your favourite meal in winter — by that I mean staring into space as you peel veggies —  then read on.

For the longest time my winter diet was made up of  mainly beans and oranges, those were the constant foods in my plate until spring reared its beautiful head. But when I moved out of Gauteng and left its harsh winters behind and to the warmer Mpumalanga I  discovered new things. Here I found leafy green scrumptious  veggies, I found guavas and big avocado trees.

So, when winter comes and you are bundled up because of the cold but you still venture out into the cold because you my dear are fearless like I am. Open your eyes. When you go to your local market don't go to the usual spots, walk around and look at what's available. Winter greens (cabbage, spinach and broccoli) taste sweeter than  they do during other seasons. Winter cabbage is termed frost kisses by those in the know, I agree.

Here are is a list of all the vegetables and fruits that are available throughout the winter season:

  1. Spinach
  2. Cabbage
  3. Garlic
  4. Onions
  5. Potatoes
  6. Broccoli
  7. Oranges
  8. Lemons
  9. Pears
  10. Grapefruit.
Buying food when it is in season is important to me because it doesn't travel as much as out of season food, which means it doesn't cost more and it has less carbon footprint than it does when it is out of season. Strawberries are a summer fruit, so when you buy them in summer they cost less (because you can find them locally) but when you buy them in winter they cost more because they are imported from places that are currently summery at the time.  The cost is compounded by both travel and of course demand and supply.

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