Taking Z there was quite nostalgic and I was recollecting and telling her how we would wait to see new seasonal fruits appear and replace those from the earlier season. Since mangoes were my favorite, I would wait for their appearance in summers. I also remember how lychees would replace the Alphonso variety of mangoes and grapes and oranges appearing on the carts in winters.
This made me think how due to better agricultural and storage practices, as well as easier import and availability of the same to consumers as well as an increase in supermarkets has somehow blurred the concept of seasonal fruits. Most fruits are available throughout the year. While it is alright sometimes to give in to a craving to consume something that is not seasonal, it is always best to consume only seasonal fruits. Along with tasting better and being cheaper, consuming seasonal fruits are more nutritious and don’t have the deficiencies caused by storing and preserving practices.
So, knowing the benefits of consuming seasonal fruits and vegetables gives us a good reason to start on the same if we haven’t been doing the same already. But there is a little catch to this i.e. knowledge of the seasonal produce.
Here is the list of seasonal fruits available in India, that I have complied based on conversing with some local fruit vendors and whole sellers as well as information available online. This may vary a bit from region to region within India too and the best person to verify the same would be an old local vendor since they generally have the knowledge. Also, pricing of the fruit is another indicator where the prices are lower when its season time as fruits are easily and abundantly available.
As we know that fruits do have a lot of nutrients that help us stay healthy and protect against diseases, we can maximize these benefits by consuming fruits as per their season.