The concept of seasonal eating is pretty straightforward: it’s simply shopping for and cooking with ingredients which are in season. All fruit and veg are at their best at a particular time of year, and until recently (when modern technology and transport intervened) we ate what was in season locally. Biologically, we aren’t meant to eat the same foods year-round, it’s actually really good for us to eat a varied diet in line with the changing seasons.
Still unconvinced? Here are my top five reasons you should eat seasonally:
1. You get more bang for your buck!
Seasonal foods are often in high supply, so are much cheaper than their out of season alternatives – not to mention they’re fresher! Think about it…blackberries are around $2 at peak season, compared to the ridiculous $9 they climb to when they’re not in season. Eat them while they’re cheap and fresh!
2. It helps the farmers.
Foods that aren’t in season locally are being transported from around the world, meaning local farmers are missing out on $$, and can’t continue to produce the Aussie crops we know and love!
3. It’s better for the planet.
Eating seasonally usually means you’re eating local produce – which requires less resources to transport and store. You’re helping the planet! Even better, local farmers markets support Aussie farmers with no environmental costs at all – and often have the most delicious fresh produce!
4. You are eating more nutrients!
Eating seasonally means you eat a greater variety of fruit and veg throughout the year – so you can benefit from the unique nutrients, vitamins and minerals found in each individual food.
Seasonal foods taste better – they’re at their prime! Think about the difference between a mango in-season, vs off-season…need I say more?
And to help you get started, here are my top tips for picking seasonal fruit and veg:
- Opt for the fresh produce on special at the supermarket (these are normally in-season and in high supply!)
- Consider growing your own! Then you’ll be able to eat the produce when it’s in season, and can even grow it organically!
- Buy from farmer’s markets! Just be sure to always confirm the produce is locally grown before buying.
- Use your eyes! Often the foods in the supermarket that look fresh and plentiful are the ones that are in season!