When you go to the grocery store, you might notice that some of the fruits and vegetables are more expensive at different times of the year. This is because they are in season only at certain times, and in season means that they are grown naturally without certain exceptions being made. People have said that it is better to eat fruits and vegetables when they are in season, you might be wondering what the logic is behind this. Here are a few reasons why in-season fruits and vegetables are the best.
They make it better for your wallet. Fruits grown out of season require more work and they are less abundant, therefore the suppliers charge more per fruit than they do otherwise. The farmer’s market is THE best place to buy produce. The fruit sold there is in season, fresh, and local. You really cannot do much better than that. Also, the herbs there are so much better. At the grocery store in the winter there is a nasty selection of limp sprigs and they do not have the nutritional quality that they do at other times of the year. So, moral of that story: buy local and buy fresh.
The taste of food when it is in season is so much better. Imagine the difference between a snap-pea right off the plant and a snap pea that came in a frozen bag, packaged in plastic. I hope that you could imagine the difference and know that the fresh pea pod tastes much better than the alternative. The sun is what is used for the summer plants and the other plants are not able to harness that full power. Also, the flavor tends to go out of fruits the longer they sit around and are not eaten. Fruits at farmer’s markets are right out of the field as opposed to fruits in grocery stores off season because they are transported there and have periods of waiting before they reach the shelves.
When you buy the same fruits and veggies all year, then you are not being exposed the the huge variety of produce that is out there. There are some veggies and fruits that are only available in the winter that are incredibly delicious. Things like turnips, kale, and various citrus fruits.
It is a little hard, though, to remember what is in season and what is not. If you are not a gardener, then there is little reason that you would know how plants grow and which ones are in season during the various times of the year. There is a website out there, link is here, that can help you know what is in season during the month and season you are in.
Try eating fresh fruits and vegetables because they are healthier for you overall and decrease the amount of money that you spend on produce.