You don’t have to be a gardener or a farmer to understand that some food is easier to find when it is in season. If you have signed up for a farm share or purchase your produce at your local farmer’s market, then you understand that some fruits and veggies are only available a few months out of the year. For example, heirloom tomatoes, honey crisp apples, or red Kuri squash. Here are a few benefits of eating seasonal produce.
When Produce Is In Season It Costs Less
Some fruits and veggies are available year-round for about the same price, such onions, basic leafy greens, Roma tomatoes, red delicious apples, and bananas. However, you have certainly noticed the difference in cost between strawberries during the spring and summer than in the fall and winter. This is because it costs less when they’re in season.
Seasonal Items Taste Better
This is often because they don’t have to be shipped as far so are fresher when they arrive at your grocery store. Less shipping cross country and internationally also helps to reduce your carbon footprint.
It’s More Nutritious
Growing seasons provide our bodies with the essential nutrients required for the season. For example, winter squash is rich in vitamins A and C which we need more of when it’s cool out. And melons and berries are high in electrolytes and water which we need more of when it’s warm.
Last but not least, seasonal produce and the different varieties of fruits and veggies that you can only get while in season helps to keep your diet interesting.