It is important to know that all produce has a season, and certain types of produce are “in-season” at certain times of year.
I know that to many people, eating “seasonally” is a foreign concept.
Most of us have the luxury to have any type of produce we want, anytime we want it.
Have you ever realized that certain fruits and vegetables taste better during certain seasons?
Or that sometimes the price of certain produce can sky-rocket depending on the season?
I realize that it isn’t practical to eat seasonally all of the time, but by being more aware of what is in-season – you can save more money and enjoy food with more flavour and nutritional value!
Why are foods that are in-season cheaper?
Basically, when we buy produce that is out of season, it will be sourced from locations with a different climate than your local.
Production costs including transportation, refrigeration and storage of the produce are inevitably passed onto the consumer.
Why do foods that are in-season have more flavour and a higher nutritional value?
When produce is sourced internationally – it is harvested earlier, refrigerated and sometimes heated in hot houses to artificially ripen the produce.
All of these factors will lead to a reduction in flavour and nutrient quality.
When produce is sourced locally, it does not endure as much travel and it is usually ripened and harvested at the peak of freshness.
Of course, everyone reading this lives in different areas of the world!
If you are unsure of which produce is currently in season where you live, you can visit http://www.sustainabletable.org/seasonalfoodguide/