3 Reasons to Eat Seasonal

Eating seasonally refers to eating foods when the harvest, flavor, and nutrients of the food are at its peak. When you eat foods in season, you are getting a fresher, more nutritious food. You will also notice foods in season are tastier than any other time of the year. This is because the food has been grown locally, in its natural and preferred climate and given enough time to mature. It isn’t picked before its ripe and shipped or flown into town. Eating in season is great for your budget. Farmers are able to grow an abundance of the food when its in season and therefore the cost goes down.

Benefits to seasonal eating:

  1. Healthier for you. Produce will be tastier and have more vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.
  2. Better for the environment.  Less energy to grow and ship food, meaning less of an ecological footprint. “The ecological footprint measures human demand on nature, i.e., the quantity of nature it takes to support people or an economy.” Wikipedia
  3. Saves you money.  Foods that are hard to grow and shipped from the other side of the world will be more expensive.

Here are some fruit and vegetable favorites and when they are in season:

Spring              Summer                Fall                    Winter

Cherries            Cantaloupe            Apples                Clementines

Mango              Blackberries           Pears                  Dates

Oranges            Blueberries            Cranberries         Grapefruit

Pineapple          Figs                      Persimmons        Kiwi

Strawberries      Grapes                  Pomegranate       Passion Fruit

Asparagus         Peaches                Brussel Sprouts    Brussel Sprouts

Artichokes        Watermelon          Cauliflower          Kale

Spinach             Green Beans         Pumpkin              Chestnuts

Corn                 Beets                    Squash                  Turnips

Broccoli            Zucchini               Sweet Potatoe      Leeks

Mushrooms      Bell Peppers         Endive                 Sweet Potatoe

Peas                 Eggplant               Turnips                 Collard Greens

Remember that seasonal foods vary depending on region. People living in Southern California will have different options than people living in Michigan. It’s best to check with your local farmers market when picking seasonal produce. Click here to find local farmers markets in our area. Check out sustainable baby steps to see a full list of fruits and vegetables by season. You can also find what food in is season in your specific area by visiting SustainableTable.org

 

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