15 Dec Why we could all benefit from keeping it seasonal.
These days, every time you turn on the TV, surf the net or talk to friends, someone is telling you what to eat, when to eat it and where to buy it. So if you’re confused and conflicted, here is a simple technique that keeps it easy and has loads of benefits – Eat Seasonally! This simple adjustment in our everyday lives can save you money, improve the quality and taste of your meals, deliver better nutrients to your family and even reduce your carbon footprint.
4 Reasons to Eat Seasonal Foods
When produce is locally in season, the relative abundance of the crop usually makes it less expensive. It’s the basic law of supply and demand – when crops are in season you’ll be rewarded financially by purchasing produce that is being harvested now.
For most of us the taste of the food we buy is every bit as important as the cost, if not more so. When food is not in season locally, it’s either grown in a greenhouse or shipped in from other parts of the world. When transporting crops, they must be harvested early and refrigerated to prolong shelf life and to prevent spoilage and over-ripening during shipping. They are generally not as fresh due to the long distribution distances involved, and don’t ripen as effectively as they would in their natural environment. As a result, they may not develop their full flavour.
Many people are surprised to find that there are plenty of crops harvested in the autumn and winter months. Eating fruits and vegetables that are locally available each season gives you natural food diversity all year long. This allows you to keep mixing up your menu and enjoying the best each season has to offer. And we all know that one of the most important factors to a healthy diet is variety, variety, variety!
4. Eco Friendly
By eating local seasonal foods, you are actually also cutting down on the environmental impact and costs of transporting food over long distances. This lets you do your bit for the environment and the economy.
So keep it simple. Reduce your costs, get tastier, better quality food with great variety, and reduce your carbon footprint with seasonal fruits and vegetables.