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Fruit Fast Using Fruits in Season

Striving for the highest quality produce during a fast.

One method of doing a fruit fast is to choose only fruits in season. By doing this, you purchase fruits that are the freshest and at their optimal level of nutrition.

Our produce today is shipped to us from all over the world. These potentially long transit times means the produce must be harvested before it's natural ripening period, since unripe, "green", fruits ship much better than fully ripe fruit.

By selecting fruits in season for our area of the world, we are increasing the likelihood that they have been shipped a lesser distance and been harvested closer to their natural stage of ripening and contain the greatest level of nutritional punch.

Seasonal diets are becoming more popular where only in-season fruits and vegetables are used. Following nature's guidelines by eating the foods that are indigenous to our area and at their time of natural ripening, puts us in greater attunement with the world we live in. Nature provides us the perfect foods for our bodies at any time of year.

While sticking to seasonal produce 100% may be impractical for our everyday meals, it is certainly possible during a fruit fast or cleansing diet. Some of the best produce for a fruit fast are citrus, apples, grapes, pears, melons, and berries, so there's a good fruit available for fasting at any time of year.

Apples, due to their naturally long "shelf life", are appropriate for a fruit fast (see apple fruit fast cleanse) in a cold clime during the winter months when most other fruits are naturally scarce. Of course, you could opt for a grain fast in the winter, as well, enjoying its warming and calming influences.


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Information courtesy of NRDC, www.nrdc.org

Finding Fruits in Season

For accurate information on the produce in your area, but only useful to those in the U.S., use the search to the right (or above, depending on your browser), offered by The Natural Resources Defense Council. You put in your state and the time of year and it will tell you what produce is being harvested in your area. If there isn't anything being harvested in your state, it will give you information about the states near you.

Update July 2010: The NRDC has changed the format somewhat. Good news though, now they will help you find a farmers' market near you. You still just type in your state and a season and click the button.



Seasonal Fruit Chart

For general seasonal guidelines, use the chart below. The time frames will vary somewhat from one part of the country to another, but can still be helpful toward your planning.


Winter (December-January-February)
Grapefruit
Lemons
Limes
Oranges
Spring (March-April-May)
Berries
Mangoes
Oranges
Papayas



Summer (June-July-August)
Apricots
Berries
Cherries
Currants
Dates
Figs
Grapes
Mangoes
Melons
Peaches
Plums
Autumn (September-October-November)
Apples
Blackberries
Blueberries
Cranberries
Dates
Figs
Grapes
Pears
Plums
Raspberries



Eating local harvest also has the advantage of supporting your local agribusiness, promotes organic farming practices and "green" living. Avoiding produce that has been shipped great distances saves on fossil fuels and the pollution emitted by them.



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