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A Seasonal Guide to Fruits and Veggies

Freshness, saving money, and a good old home cooked meal? Who can ask for more?

Eating seasonally has become a popular food trend in recent years that involves consuming fruits and vegetables that are grown and harvested during the present season. So for example, you would fill your grocery cart with apples and squash in fall when they are most abundant, but seek out cucumbers and watermelons in the summer. Some research has shown that this dietary trend may be both economical and health friendly. To learn more about why and how to eat seasonally, read on!

Why eat seasonally?

  1. Costs less. Eating seasonally can help you save money on your grocery bills. Because fruits and vegetables that are sold in season are most readily abundant, it costs less for farmers and distributors to get them to food markets. So if you need motivation to eat fruits and vegetables, remember that you’ll be doing your wallet a favor.
  1. Flavor and freshness. Some people find the taste of seasonal fruits and vegetables to be preferable to out-of-season foods. While it’s not guaranteed that seasonal foods are harvested at the peak of their freshness and flavor, they are still likely to be higher in quality compared to their out-of-season counterparts, since these tend to be picked earlier than optimal in order to maximize their transport and shelf life.
  1. Home cookin’. If you shop for seasonal produce, you’ll probably to be inclined to cook more of your own meals at home, which also means you’ll be forcing yourself to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet. Another benefit of cooking your own food means you’ll have complete knowledge and control over what goes into your body. You can choose to skip the extra sugar or salt to better manage your health.

How do I find which foods are in season where I live?

There are many resources to find out what fruits and vegetables are in season in your area! Here are two links to get you started:

Okay, then what?

It might seem daunting, but cooking doesn’t need to be time-consuming. Plus, limiting your diet to seasonal fruits and vegetables provides you with a great opportunity to get creative! We recommend doing online searches for recipes that use seasonal produce, scour cookbooks, and start a Pinterest board for inspiration. And if you’re really stumped, use a website like this one that will find you recipes based on exactly what you have in your kitchen.

 

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