(By Linda Kordich) As summertime closes, some us of feel a sigh of relief as the sun starts to let up on its intense rays, and others feel a sigh of saddness because for some of us, summer was not long enough. At least for me and Jay, we only had about six weeks or summertime, but thankfully the peaches, cherries, nectarines, watermelons and fresh corn were quite plentiful.
Do you ever think about how we are ‘all’ integral to the flow of seasons? Do you eat around the seasons? Since Jay and I have moved from sunny Southern California three years ago to the far north up here in Washington, we have begun to realize just how important it is to eat foods in our area, and to eat foods that grow in season. We definitely have four seasons here, yet in San Diego there was really only one season: Sunny! This caused us to imagine all fruits and vegetables were in season because, even our health food stores were shipped organic cantaloupes in December from Paraguay, strawberries in November, and corn in February! If you live in the Southern Hemisphere and get fruits and vegetables from around the Globe year round, ask your Grocer which fruits and veggies are in season….get to know what is most prolific in your local area. (At the bottom of my blog, you will see a list of general fruits and veggies in season for the Fall in America.)
Through the decades of teaching juicing, Jay and I have begun to realize that buying our produce from our local farmer’s organically, and eating our foods that are in season is vitally important to integrate into our lives. Plus it puts us on the “Nature Clock” so to speak. Now we are on the wheel of balance, according to Nature……to the Sun’s cycles which in turn, helps us flow into balance with natural biorhythms. (Let’s not forget too, that eating foods from your area, in season provides more all around nutrients.)
I’m not sure we realize how connected we are to the Universe’s movements, much less our own Earth! Most of the time we usually become oblivious to the outer world as we get caught up in our inner lives, our worklife and our love life……that we forget ‘where’ we really are and ‘who’ we are.
We experience Summer in the Northern Hemisphere when the Earth is on that part of its orbit where the Northern Hemisphere is oriented more toward the Sun and therefore the Sun rises higher in the sky and is above the horizon longer, and the rays of the Sun strike the ground more directly.
As we approach the visual beauty of Fall, let us embrace Mother Nature’s changes of weather, as She cools us down from hot and blistery, to cooler, wet and thunderous weather. Let us observe how She turns the colours of leaves into works of art, as they feverously fly through the wind, creating kalidescopes of wind art…….let us be grateful to Her as She delivers us deliciously tasting and colourful fruits and veggies such as pomegranates, persimmons, pears, apples and squash onto our tables.
Most importantly, remember we are all spinning on this great globe called Earth…..let us ‘all’ flow with Her!
Here’s one of our favourite Fall Recipes.
Pomegranate Maddness (all ingredients….organic only please)
1 Large Pomegranate
2 Firm D-Angou Pears
1/2 inch fresh ginger root
1 Large Gala or Fuji Apple
Directions: De-seed the Poms! Remove as much of the seeds from the pomegranates as possible. Leave about 5% of the white pith to juice, as it’s very rich (but bitter) in bio-flavinoids that help us get through wintertime without catching a cold. Start off with a handful of the seeds, then flush through with part of the pear and/or apple. Then add the ginger root, and flush through with the apple or pear. Finish off with the rest of the seeds, then finish with the apple or pear to make sure all seeds are flushed through the juicer. If you don’t have a juicer, you can use a blender, and strain until the juice comes through. Too much pulp creates tiredness and is harder on digestion. You will absorb MORE nutrients from the juice, than from the blended way.
Here is a list of produce in season during Fall!
Typically, the following fruits and vegetables are in season during fall:
- Brussel sprouts
- Green beans
- Green onions
- Sweet Potatoes
- Winter squash