Fruit and Winter

It is generally believed in Chinese medicine that it is not appropriate to eat much fruit during the winter. Seen from a strictly biochemical perspective, this does not make much sense. But considered from an energetic perspective, it is a simple and logical idea. Most fruits are cooling in nature. They grow during the warm weather, in warm climates, and by nature act to balance the heat of the environment. It is appropriate to eat more fruit in the summer when a cooling effect is needed. Were it not for cold storage, we would not have fruit available in the winter. It is obviously true that our indoor climates are temperature controlled, but our bodies still know what season it is. Many fruit peels, by contrast, have a warming nature. They are often used, appropriately, in cooking and baking. Cooking and baking fruit will act to literally warm it, and therefore balance its cooling nature.