Have you ever wondered if the convenience of having all the fruits and vegetables year around does your wallet and health good? It is certainly convenient, especially if you crave something really bad. At this point, mostly all of us forgot ( or were never taught) when certain fruits and vegetables are in season. Whereas previous generations consumed certain foods only when they were in season, this was not because they knew more about nutrition and health but because simply they didn’t have a choice, in our age of modern nutritional knowledge we should avoid buying fruits and vegetables outside of their peak season. Additionally, we loose appreciation for certain produce because we see it all year round. Growing up in Russia, where life fully evolves around four seasons, I couldn’t wait for those juicy cucumbers that were only available late spring, early summer. I still remember the taste in my mouth and the excitement of just simply eating a cucumber.
Health Benefits of seasonal fruits and vegetables
- The nutritional value of seasonal fruits and vegetables can be outstanding.
- Seasonal fruits and vegetables are filled with anti-oxidants that are of great benefit to your health. Anti-oxidants fight free radicals which help you stay young.
- Supermarkets usually add gloss to the produce to make it look more ripe and appealing. We are the ones loosing out on the vitamins and nutrients by buying unseasonal foods.
- Seasonal fruits and vegetables are also budget friendly as they don’t cost as much to be produced and preserved since they are often grown locally instead of imported.
Fortunately, there has been a shift towards the seasonal produce recently. There are plenty Farmers’ markets being opened up all around the country which can be useful for the whole overall economy while offering us the benefits of locally grown produce.