Reasons Why You Should Eat Foods That Are In Season
Written by: Brandi Monasco
The weather changes all across the world in the same way the variety of fresh fruit and vegetables changes too. Each season offers the growth of different produce.
For example, in the summer we get seasonal fruits that are rich in vitamins such as cherries, blackberries and peaches and tomatoes. In the winter, we get fruit and vegetables that help boost your immune system and prepare you for the cold seasons and winter such as oranges, persimmons, kale and sweet potatoes.
While it is always a great idea to buy in-season produce, there are also several reasons why you should eat more of in-season produce!
1. It Tastes Better
Seasonal produce is fresh and usually has a more sweet flavor. This gives it a natural and amazing taste. Fresh picked produce has the best flavor. In-season produce is juicy, colorful and fragrant. Because it tastes better, you can pick it and eat it right off of the vine or tree.
2. It Is Organic
In-season produce is organic and free from pesticides. This is because the produce is grown in its natural environment and usually requires less assistance from humans. This assistance can be in the form of chemicals, waxes and preservatives. When you choose to eat an in-season produce, you are getting cleaner, healthier fruits and/or vegetables.
3. It Has Higher Nutrition Value
Fresh produce is full of nutrition because of the total nourishment it gets from the sun. Additionally, it is only picked when fully developed and ripe. Due to a huge amount of sun exposure, these fruits have higher levels of antioxidants that are beneficial to your body.
4. It Is Environmentally Friendly
Consuming seasonal produce decreases the demand of out-of-season produce. This supports local produce as well as local farming in areas around you. This implies that there will be less transportation and less refrigeration of produce.
5. It Is Easy On Our Pockets
When a produce is in the season, farmers usually harvest a large amount of it, meaning that there is an abundance of the produce. Its abundance makes the price go down because there is less of a demand. For example, during the summer, watermelons are a plenty in the market and their price usually goes down.
6. Wide Variety All Year Long
There is quite a number of season foods available all through the year. The number of products available in the fall include: apples, squash, garlic, figs, grapes as well as radishes. In winter, you get citrus, radishes, turnips, leeks and kale. Products associated with summer include: corn, sweet peas, tomatoes and peaches among others. This makes sure you get a constant supply of fresh foods.
7. It Enhances Your Creativity
Eating seasonally enables you to have a variety of recipes during your meals. Changing your diet according to what is available allows you be creative by preparing different dishes with different ingredients. And since variety is key to keeping your body healthy, changing the foods that you put in your body also helps in reducing your chance of developing a food intolerance.
What is your favorite seasonal produce? Do you have any favorite recipes you would like to share? Please share with us and tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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