How lucky are we to live on this little Balearic island and feel the forceful beauty of each season?
Santa Maria Market in the middle of Mallorca is made for Sundays. Open from 7am to 2pm, it is a beautiful place to really appreciate autumn in all its mighty flow.
Seasonal Mallorcan produce is everywhere. Citrus fruits and toad skin melons sit at the forefront. Ripe pomegranates, cabbages, cauliflowers, greens and locally picked apples fill the stalls. Freshly cracked almonds and young olives are right where the soft summer fruit stood just a few weeks ago.
It feels a million miles away from big city life where the supermarket shelves look pretty much the same in December as in July. Here in Mallorca we can be grateful that we don’t have to settle for travelled, under ripe food which is less nutrient dense and tasteless.
So what should you be packing into your market basket this Fall?
Your Autumn Shopping List
Try to make your menu more seasonal this Fall! Choose the warming, harvest foods that you can pick up at local markets all over the island.
Add these to your shopping list :
Carrot, sweet potato, pumpkin, squash.
These should be staples as they are rich in vitamin A. Vitamin A supports the immune system.
Onions, leeks and garlic
These are essential at this time of year because they support liver detoxification.
Stock up on ginger, cinnamon, peppercorns and chilies which are rich in antioxidants and medicinal benefits.
Because they are simply bursting with vitamin C and antioxidants.
Apples are great because they are incredibly anti-inflammatory, supporting asthma and respiratory issues.
Eat pears to boost your immune system and therefore help protect yourself from colds.
Eat this persimmon as it is rich in vitamin A and C.
Citrus is in season here in Mallorca. As with all produce, it is best to buy locally grown lemons or pick them straight from the tree.
Written by Suzanne Garaty
About the author
Suzanne is a Nutritional Therapist trained in London at College of Naturopathic medicine .She has 25 years experience as a chef and recently trained in raw foods, at a gourmet level, with Matthew Kenney.
Suzanne’s business is Vital Nutrition which she founded in 2008. She offers private consultancies focusing on diet and lifestyle improvements supporting patients on their journey to optimum health. Her regular cookery workshops are delicious, fun and educational and her cooking skills are available to private clients, on retreats and for chef training.