The United Nations (UN) organises one of the yearly celebrations to raise awareness about the importance of nature and greenery, known as World Environment Day. In 1972, on the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, the United Nations Assembly established World Environment Day.
The monsoons are on their way, and it's time to breathe a sigh of relief! It's a refreshing prespite from the oppressive summer heat. The rainy season has its allure, with its rains, greener surroundings, and cold temperature that is best experienced with a hot cup of tea. Today on the eve of World Environment Day, let sneak peek into some of the healthy fruits and veggies grown in the monsoon:
Litchi or Lychee: These little juicy delights appear around mid-May to mid-June, and are a forerunner to the June monsoons. Vitamin C, copper, and phosphorus are all abundant in lychees. They also have oligonol, a polyphenol with antioxidant and antiviral effects.
Pears: Pears come in over 3,000 varieties all over the world. Pears have no lipids, very little sugar, and very little protein. Fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K, and minerals like potassium and calcium are all abundant in them. While pears are still in season, you should include them in your diet to get the most out of the health benefits they provide.
Cucumber: Cucumbers are at their best and freshest from January to February and June to July. It's a fantastic afternoon snack because it's low in calories and heavy in the water. It's also delicious raw or sliced and steeped in water; being hydrated helps the body flush out impurities and function at its best.
Lady Finger: During the monsoon, lady fingers are gathered and kept fresh. It can be grown all year, but in June, after a long summer, they are ready to harvest. Dietary fibre, vitamins C and A, magnesium, calcium, and iron are all abundant in Bhendi.
Bitter Gourd: Karela is an ideal rainy-day food. Eating bitter gourd and other bitter vegetables and herbs, such as neem and fenugreek seeds, is said to help prevent infections and enhance immunity. Karela is an excellent choice for those looking to lose a few pounds because it can help with weight loss.