Mushrooms in May? Cherries for Christmas? No problem! Nowadays almost every fruit & vegetable is available year-round no matter what season or part of the country you’re in. It seems silly to spend any time worrying about what’s in season or the advantages of seasonal eating, but health experts and foodies know that enjoying foods that are grown at the same time of year that you eat them is not only nutritionally better for you but its economical, eco-friendly & packs a punch for your palate!
When picked at the peak of freshness, most produce has higher nutritional content than out of season fruits and veggies. Out of season produce is often irradiated and preserved in wax so it can be stored for long periods of time before it reaches your market. Some anti-oxidants such as folate & Vitamin C will rapidly decline when stored for periods of time. Consuming in season allows for maximum vitamin & mineral benefits .
Spring is a great time to experiment with some new leafy greens like dandelion, ramps or spring onions which are good for detoxifying & cleansing your system.
Sure you can find watermelon in winter– but it will cost you big bucks and probably will be disappointing…in the height of summer you can get lots of sweet, juicy melon for pennies per pound. Seasonal foods are often plentiful, thus priced much more economically. Plus if you shop your local food co-op or farmers market, in return you may also be providing financial support to the farmers in your area which helps to grow your local economy. Its win-win!
If you opt for organic, your produce will most likely have been grown without pesticides and genetic modification. We’ve all heard by now how these toxic compounds can contaminate the soil & water and consequently, our health. Seasonal produce obtained locally also reduces the need to transport large loads over long distances, possibly reducing pollution.
Not convinced? Try it… just do a taste test & see for yourself! Produce that has been allowed to fully ripen in the sun tastes like sunshine! Freshly picked seasonal fruits and vegetables have optimal color, texture & most importantly flavor!
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