We all know that fruit and veggies taste their best when they're in season. But did you know there are many more reasons to eat what's in season? We did the research. Here's what we learned.
WHY EATING PRODUCE IN SEASON IS IMPORTANT
For one, produce is more nutritious when it's in season, since it was picked at its prime. Eating what's fresh is smart for your pocketbook, too, as produce in season is more plentiful; the additional supply drives prices down. It's also a better choice for the environment: produce that hasn't been shipped across the country or globe from a climate that's in a different growing season requires far fewer resources. And, lastly, it's better for your local economy: purchasing produce that's grown closer to home means you're supporting your community and neighbor farmers.
Bottom line: eating what's in season = eating locally = better for your health, your budget, the environment, and the economy.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
But eating in-season can be tricky. Everything is in season somewhere, if you are willing to go far enough to get it... and the food industry has done just that. When blueberry growing season ends in North America, they start shipping them in from places like Chile and Argentina (source). The result? Blueberries, which we used to only see in our supermarkets in the spring and summer, are "in season" and available year-round. We'll admit, it's a treat to have fresh blueberries in February. But we can do without. Because there are also so many other delicious fruits and vegetables that are truly in-season... and for all the reasons in paragraph one.
To save the day and help you outsmart the supermarket, we've created this handy printout of what's fresh, when.
Click on each image for a printable PDF.
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