Seasonal fish, fruits and vegetables are today’s protagonists in our special section of Nutrition and Health. Surely you have heard that it is advisable to eat seasonal foods, and even better if they are locally produced. But … What does this mean exactly? And what fruits, vegetables and fish can be found in summer?

It means consuming the food, either fruit or vegetable, during its natural harvest time, when it has reached its optimum ripeness and when its quality, taste and nutritional properties are at their best. And the same goes for fish: when it is “seasonal”, it means that both size and quality are excellent.

Nowadays, we can find practically any food in our markets throughout the year. We buy them with great enthusiasm, but when we taste them, we often find them tasteless and… expensive. They are products which natural growth process has not been respected and modified so they can be available throughout the year.

However, being patient and eating seasonal foods is 100% beneficial!

Benefits of eating seasonal fish, fruits and vegetables

  • The level of vitamins and mineral salts they contain is at its highest.
  • They are healthier foods since they have grown naturally, without the help of any chemical to accelerate their growth.
  • Their organoleptic properties (taste, texture, smell, color) are ideal. They look delicious.
  • Being a seasonal product, they will be abundant on the market and their price will be lower,
  • And besides, when consuming seasonal products, we contribute to the sustainability of the planet, since no additive or pesticide is used during their cultivation as they follows their natural growth cycle.

Seasonal fish, fruits and vegetables in summer:

Let’s have a look at some of the foods we can enjoy in summer:

Seasonal fruits and vegetables:

  • Tomatoes
  • Pods or green beans
  • Zucchini
  • Chili
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumbers
  • Apricots
  • Nectarines
  • Plums
  • Saturn peaches
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Melon
  • Watermelon

Seasonal fish:

  • Tuna
  • White Tuna
  • Horse mackerel
  • Sardine

If you are looking for quality products at a good price, choose seasonal and local products for your health, our planet, and also… for your enjoyment!

Dr. Arantza López-Ocaña

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