A lot of people subconsciously eat seasonally, and if you’ve ever eaten strawberries in the middle of winter you know that the taste isn’t nearly as amazing as a fresh local strawberry in the summer would be.
Modern agriculture and international trade has allowed us to be able to find basically any fruit or vegetable year round in North America. This increase in produce availability has its benefits, but it also has downsides. Imported produce generally has a reduced nutrient content, less flavor, high price tag, and a much higher impact on the environment!
That’s why choosing in season local produce has been shown to have a huge impact on your health, the community, and the environment.
So what exactly is seasonal produce? To be considered seasonal, the crop has to be grown outside during the natural growing season for the region in which it is produced.
3 benefits of eating seasonally:
Increased nutrient density of food
Growing conditions, soil, sunlight, and climate all contribute to the nutrient density in fruit and vegetables.
Seasonal food tastes better
No one is going to argue that a peach in the summer just tastes better, it’s actually a proven fact.
Reduces your carbon footprint
The demand for fresh produce all over the world, has made producers have to start implementing procedures and treatments to control ripening, spoilage, and quality during transportation.
Hopefully this encourages you to start looking at where your fruits and veggies are coming from and shopping and eating more locally and seasonally!
In Health - @Tubify Team