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Why Food in Season Is SO Good for You

Eating food in season is not only fun - it's also better for you. Here's why - and you'll also discover how to find out what's good right now!

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Eating food in season is not only fun - it's also better for you. Here's why - and you'll also discover how to find out what's good right now!

The post Why Food in Season Is SO Good for You appeared first on EcoFriendlyLink - Naturally Healthy Green Living.

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It’s Eco-Friendly to Eat Food in Season (and Health and Wallet-Friendly Too)

 

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It’s not so long ago that we could ONLY eat food that was “in season”. Now, global food supplies make us believe that all food is in season all year round. But it’s not!

As a child, I remember the excitement as we approached Christmas-time, of the greengrocer arriving in his little van and showing us the fresh Satsuma oranges and tangerines.  They were wrapped in foil, with a little sticker on top, advertising the grower, holding it all closed.

Food in Season - Satsuma Oranges

Food in Season – Satsuma Oranges (December / Winter)

It was like getting early Christmas presents, opening them up!  Peeling them was so easy, and that gorgeous smell is so evocative to me of snuggling around the fire, family disagreements forgotten, all enjoying those delicious, small-but-oh-so-juicy oranges.  Their season was quite short, so we really appreciated those oranges while they lasted.  And then we moved on to other produce.  But as a child, I knew it was close to Christmas when the Satsumas arrived, and that made me happy.

But did you know that, even though you can get most foods year-round (depending on where you live), there are huge benefits to buying food in season?

Why You Should Buy Food in Season

Generally, food that’s in season is plentiful, so it’s well-priced. It’s cheaper to buy strawberries in summer, for example, when they’re harvested in abundance, than to buy them in winter when perhaps they have to be flown in from Spain or other warm countries.

If food has to be flown in (because it’s perishable) then it’s not eco-friendly because its carbon emissions are higher than if it’s just been put into a truck and driven a short distance from a farm to a local market.

steep tomatoes in baking soda, so raw food is safe to eatFood in season is generally healthier because it has little or no processing or transport. If perishable food is going to be transported and it will be a while before it reaches the consumer, it might be irradiated or sprayed with chemicals to delay ripening. It’s always healthier to avoid excess chemicals.

It can also be more convenient to buy food in season. Buy what is abundant and well-priced now, and freeze or preserve it, so that it’s on hand and you can enjoy it when it’s not so easily available.

Now that Farmers Markets have become more popular, more people are becoming aware of the benefits of eating food in season.

What’s in Season Now?

food in seasonIn cities, we are barely aware of the changing seasons.  Sure, we know it’s getting colder, or hotter, and we see the trees changing (gaining or losing leaves), but there’s too much concrete around us, so we don’t notice the hundreds of smaller changes that happen as the seasons change.

Question:  what food do you think is naturally abundant right now?  (Leaving aside the abundance in our supermarkets, I mean).

It’s probably easiest to identify food in season in Fall or Autumn.  Think pumpkins! But which fruits are good right now? Do you know?

I live in the southern hemisphere, so while the North cools down for Fall, I’m in Spring / Summer, enjoying Granny Smith apples and the last of the minneola oranges.

To find out what’s in season now, simply go to Google, Ecosia or your favorite search engine and type food in season, the month and your country or region (e.g. food in season November USA). You’ll find lists of fruit, vegetables, seafood and more!

But what about meat?  Do you ever think of meat as being seasonal?  Do you know what meat is good right now, where you live?

Next:  Find out why meat is seasonal – and what it means to you!

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated with newer information

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