Summer harvests in South Africa are amazing. We observe summer in the months of December through February. You might have already noticed that what we eat is dependent on the season. Seasons produce different fruits, veggies, and even herbs. We can call it out natural eating backdrop. We choose what we eat dependant on what we find in stores and stores stock foods that are readily available.
In summer we find a wide variety of amazing seasonal fruits and vegetables. The same happens in the winter months. Yes, we do find fruits and veggies in stores that are out of season, but these are generally more expensive. For instance, strawberries cost far more in winter, than they would in summer. Seasonal eating, especially summer harvests, includes foods such as cherries, strawberries, and watermelon. The weather conditions leading into summer have been perfect to ensure that these foods are ripened flawlessly. This also means that we get to enjoy these amazing summer harvests at their prime.
Benefits of Seasonal Eating
There are no two ways about it. Eating fruits that are in season just tastes better. They are fresher and they’ll tend to last longer too. Fruits and vegetables which have been imported, out of season, are subjected to harsh chilling and forced ripening. This results in flavour loss and less nutritional value.
Fresh farm produce supplied in season is far cheaper than importing costs and this means it’s more cost-effective for the consumer. Another great benefit of this is that the local market is supporting local farmers. Seasonal eating is also a great way to ensure a balanced diet. In winter we need healthy hearty soups and in summer we crave lighter healthier salads.
Amazing summer harvests – Vegetables
- Baby marrows
- Red onions
- Green beans
- Sweet potato
Super summer harvests – Fruits
- Paw Paw
- Sweet melons