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Why Eating seasonally is good for your health, wealth and the planet

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Here Sal from Urbangrains explains how eating seasonally could change the way you view the food on your plate!

Have you experienced the bite of a sweet-sour, red, almost crunchy tomato on a hot summer day…the juice of a watermelon trickling down your chin… or the incredibly luscious taste of a perfectly ripe fig? What could be more satisfying to your senses than eating foods at the time nature produces them?

Eating seasonally is beneficial not only to your health,  but also your wallet and  planet we live on.

But what does  “seasonal eating” mean? It can be summed up in two main points:  

  1. Creating and consuming meals with foods that have been harvested at their peak
  2. Changing your diet according to seasons in order to meet the particular dietary needs of winter, spring, summer and autumn.

Eating seasonally is a trendy new term, but it isn’t a new concept by any means. Before globalisation and the new superfast methods of modern transportation, people were actually eating whatever was in season and only foods  that were  available on a local level. Eating strawberries in winter or oranges in the summer was simply… unthinkable.

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For starters, eating seasonally reminds you of the simple joys of actually waiting for the particular foods to become in season. I still remember  when I was a kid waiting to visit my grandparents’ home and taste the juicy, sweet, crisp grapes that were freshly picked and washed in cold water. You couldn’t beat that experience with all the grapes in the supermarket combined!

Today, we can have any type of food we want at any time of the year. Eating foods in season however, offers the following benefits:

You Can Save Money and Eat Healthier At The Same Time

We are all interested in spending less and save more. Eating seasonally means you will see a positive change in your wallet. How’s that possible?  When you buy foods and ingredients that are in season, it means that the food you buy is at the peak of its supply, therefore it is produced in a specific region/country, and thus it costs less to farmers to harvest and distribution companies to bring it to your supermarket or grocery store.

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At the same time, when you eat seasonally you get the best tasting, healthiest food available. Here is why: the food is grown locally so it doesn’t go bad on its way to the store, and it’s harvested and sold at the peak of its season, before it goes bad.

Exactly the opposite happens for foods that are out of season. They are harvested before their peak, and shipped unripe in order to survive or mature during the long trip from around the world to arrive to your local supermarket.  As a result, its cost skyrockets because of the time it takes to arrive, the distance, and the number of people involved with getting the food to you that need to be paid.

Eating Seasonally Means That You Support Local, Sustainable Farming

If you buy what’s in season and locally, you will get foods that are fresh, full of their flavour and support local farmers in your community at the same time. Many of the local farms offer organic or sustainable foods, which may cost a bit more than what you would normally pay,  but it may be a trade-off that’s worthwhile to you in the long run – no pesticides for starters.

You Get a Bigger Variety of Foods

When you eat seasonally your food options increase, meaning you have more types of food immediately available to you. Having more food options, you can explore more types of dishes and flavours that you wouldn’t have otherwise, which can also lead to having a more varied balanced diet as well.

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For example spinach in season, provides up to three times more vitamin C than eating it out of season!

Recognise What’s In Season

It is not too difficult to know which products are in season and are produced locally or at least, close to you. Notice how the prices fluctuate – have you noticed that cucumbers are less expensive during summer, or cabbage is more widely available during winter? Also, most fruits and vegs don’t look their best during off-season. Sometimes, vegetables that are on sale are a good indicator that they are in season – and need to go as fast as possible.

How do your shopping habits change from season to season?

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