October Seasonality Update 2017

October Seasonality Update

Hurrah, it’s time for our October Seasonality Update! Who doesn’t love the autumn? Hallowe’en is just around the corner, it may be getting cold but that’s a good excuse to enjoy cosy nights in by the fire and what’s more we get to enjoy some of our favourite autumnal eats and treats.

One of our favourite Autumnal comfort foods will always be soup! Luckily October provides us with plenty of ingredients veg-wise.

Plenty of our favourites and staples are still at their nutritional seasonal best. These include broccoli, carrots, beetroot, cabbage, cauliflower, parsnips, scallions, onions, swedes, turnips, potatoes, leeks, mushrooms, kale, tomatoes, peppers, celeriac and celery.

Coming into season we welcome French beans and the ever popular and may we even call it majestic purple sprouting broccoli. A flavoursome and tender long stemmed relation to the common broccoli, purple sprouting broccoli is just as fast raw as it is thrown into a stir-fry or soup or even lightly cooked on its own.

This month we will shine the spotlight celery. Celery in indeed something of a super hero amongst vegetables! We will rattle off but a few of the many health benefits:

˚ ANTI-INFLAMMATORY – Celery has substantial anti-inflammatory properties due to a pectin called apiuman. This means it plays a role in maintaining the health of the digestive tract as well as the blood vessels. Potentially, celery could aid the prevention of stomach ulcers by improving the constitution of the stomach lining. These anti-inflammatory assets also have a beneficial effect on joint health as well as a soothing effect on asthma.

˚ CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH – Celery gets its distinctive scent and flavour from a substance called butyphthalide which helps reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol. The fibre content of celery along with this has a cleansing effect on the bloodstream. Fibre = better bowl movements. Less cholesterol = better heart health. Because of the part it plays in cardiovascular health, celery has been speculated to be a potentially beneficial dietary addition of the prevention of many cancers.

˚ IMUNE SYSTEM – Due to its high antioxidant profile as well as its substantial vitamin C content celery has a very positive effect on the immune system. A great piece of news is that you can happily steam your celery without losing too much of its impressive antioxidant content. A study showed that even after 10 minutes of steaming, celery can manage to hold onto 83-99% of these antioxidants.

˚ ANTISEPTIC – Celery seeds themselves can aid the elimination of uric acid. This stimulates urination and can be quite beneficial for those with kidney and bladder ailments as well as those prone to cystitis and UTIs.

˚ NERVOUS SYSTEM – Getting excited about all of these nutritional benefits? Settle down! the magnesium present in celery plays a part in calming the nervous system. Chomping on some celery in the evening time or adding it to you dinner plate could help you catch a better sleep at night.

˚ FOR THE GROWN-UPS – Two pheromones are present in celery which have been found to boost levels of arousal. They are released when the stalk is chewed. A vegetarian alternative to oysters perhaps?

Celery is terrific for juicing but is also yummy chopped up and bashed into a salad or included in soups and stews. Have you got a favourite use for celery? Please share with us on Facebook or the comments below.

Remember you can print out or save our seasonality charts for quick and easy reference.

Remember you can grab beautiful fresh produce amongst heaps of other organic products in any of our Dublin stores or indeed online (where you can also shop our bounty of other wholesome produce) at
www.organicsupermarket.ie

By Hannah Alice Loughlin

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