Cherries are in season: whip some coconut cream and layer with avocado chocolate mousse
Avo choc mousse with a cherry on top. Recipe links from image
Almost nutella tartlets
Ripeness and sweetness is optimal in season. It’s about plants bring able to attract pollinators like bees, hummingbirds and moths, to ensure their survival. When our ancestors went scavenging for berries, for instance, sour meant ‘not yet ripe’ bitter ‘might be poison’, sweet ‘just right. Yum’. Perhaps we’re spoilt for choice with year round availability, or more likely spoiling our choice?
Because eating in season and perfect ripeness is also about in season and perfect nutrients. In summer in Australia we get loads of tropical fruit like mangoes, figs and bananas. Yes they’re the super sweet fruits.
But they’re also loaded with potassium which perhaps not so coincidentally alignswith our increased potassium needs in summer.
Then in winter veggies are all about tubers, allums – starches like sweet potato, and onions and garlic. They’re high in vitamin A&C, which is also quite useful considering vitamin A (and K2) protect us against vitamin D toxicity we may well have built up over the summer months.
Finally in the season’s between summer and winter we have the transition months – fall and spring are all about change. Perhaps it’s why our need for greater protein digestion increases considering the increased presence of allergies? Pollens are proteins and we need good stomach acidity to digest them. So either in these months we up our protein intake or the cofactors for mineral absorption affecting protein digestion also change!
Because it’s impossible to understand the role of potassium in summer without addressing sodium as well. They exist in a partnership, and each important use of potassium requires sodium to maintain balance. And vitamin A and D in winter. And the list goes on between each mineral. And it’s not just the minerals that need to be in order (or chaos really!). They all are really a game of cofactors
too – our ph, hormones, hydration, other minerals, vitamins, EFAs and digestion all need to be in proper working order and between each other too! Luckily our small intestine cells live 4-5 days so good nutrition allows for this rapid turnover which in itself requires a rapid turnover of new nutrients. Agggh. Chickens and eggs anyone? All sorts of produce in and out of season can have marked effects on the internal repair and replacement in our body.
Finally have you ever thought how you feel like lighter fresher more raw veggies in salads in summer as opposed to a heavy casserole in winter? That some foods cool us down and others heat us up? Though ice cream is season wide right? And arguably and more seriously broth too especially for its gut healing properties.