For the best flavour and value - look for vegetables that are in Season. Dates can vary due to climate and weather, but as a general rule....
Asparagus, carrots, cauliflowers, celeriac, cucumbers, curly kale, purple sprouting broccoli, savoy cabbage, sorrel, spinach, spring greens, spring onion, watercress!
Why buy in season....
Rule number one! - TASTE - In season produce is fresher and tastes better and has better nutrition. When transporting crops chilling occurs and this reduces the flavour the longer this goes on. Think of those fluffy apples....limp greens, you get the drift.
Cost - Think back to economics lessons, supply and demand. When farmers are harvesting a large abundance of produce due to the crop being in season, the cost of the produce goes down. When we buy produce that is out of season, it will have been grown far away in a different climate....transport cost then comes into play.
Produce that is purchased in season is more likely to be fresher, consumed closer to harvesting and higher in nutritional value, some anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C, folate and carotenes will rapidly decline when stored for periods of time.
Locally in-season sourced fruits and vegetables will also appear brighter and more vibrant rather than limp and dried up. Fruits and vegetables that are stored for long periods of time due to transportation or to be used at a later date have a reduction in phyto-nutrient content. Large supermarkets may buy out-of -season produce that has been gassed, irradiated (you don't want to know!) and preserved in wax to extent the shelf life.
Mother nature, there is a reason certain fruit and vegetables are in season at different points - for instance foods high in Vitamin C which are very important for preventing infections such as colds and flu’s. Winter vegetables offer comfort and are perfect for hot meals, healthy stews, soups, casseroles and other warming meals. Summer foods such as stone fruits provide us with extra beta-carotenes and other carotenoids that help protect against sun damage, they also provide more sweetness for an energetic summer, as well as salad vegetables for those tasty cool summer salads.
Eating seasonally reduces the demand for out of season produce which further supports more local produce and supports local farming in your area which means less transportation, less refrigeration, less hot houses, and less irradiation of produce.
There we have it!
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