We’re so used to going to supermarkets and being able to buy any fruit or veg we want, whatever the time of year – personally I’d forgotten when certain things were in season. But now as I’m getting more into nutrition and cooking, I’m finding I’m more concerned about why eating seasonally is better for you.
Why Eating Seasonally Is Better For You!
There are several reasons why eating seasonally is better for you.
Financially it makes sense to eat seasonally as fruit and veg are sold more cheaply when there is a high quantity.
They also taste better as they have their whole flavors intact, which makes it far more enjoyable to at least try and eat the recommended 5 servings a day – though a minimum of 7 is nearer the mark for optimum nutrition.
They’re also at their at their peak in nutrients – with vitamins, minerals and the all-important trace elements that we often lack due to lifestyle choices and consuming foods grown in depleted soils.
Some even cleverly give us nutrients we need at particular times of year such as butternut squash and apples when winter approaches, giving us Vitamin C.
If supplies are local and picked when ripe, they have also had the time to produce high amounts of antioxidants which they produce during the ripening process. These can prevent or neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals which we could do with!
Finally it’s better, of course, for the planet not to be consuming items shipped or flown half way around the world. I remember it being a luxury on Christmas Day in the ’70’s to have avocado prawn salad…it was a real treat, complete with 1,000 island dressing served on a bed of lettuce…served in a cocktail glass 🙂 Now avocados are a feature in daily diets and a stable in green smoothies…
The infographic Seasonality Chart below, featured in The Guardian, was produced by ‘Leon’ the ‘naturally fast food’ restaurant mini-chain. It organises produce, meats, poultry and herbs into the four seasons.
I hope it helps you see what’s in season so that you can enjoy fruit and veg that not only tastes better, but are highly nutritious and as importantly, better for the planet.
You can download a pdf of the Leon infographic here