Picture this: juicy, sun-ripened tomatoes in the summer, crisp apples in the fall, and hearty root vegetables in the winter. Eating seasonally not only tastes amazing but it’s also a delicious way to help your body, the local economy and the planet. In this blog post, we’ll cover five of the benefits of eating with the seasons.
What Is Seasonal Eating?
Seasonal eating means enjoying foods recently harvested by local farmers. By embracing seasonal variety, you not only savor diverse flavors but also boost your nutritional intake. Research indicates that fresher produce packs a healthier punch. Fruits and vegetables left to ripen naturally and consumed shortly after harvest boast elevated levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Fresh fruits and veggies also tend to have richer, more vibrant flavors compared to their less fresh counterparts.
Seasonal Food Is Healthier
Seasonal produce is typically harvested when it’s ripe and fully developed, which means it’s at its nutritional best. These foods are often richer in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants compared to their off-season counterparts.
Produce In Season Is More Flavorful
Fruits and vegetables that are in season tend to be at their peak of flavor. They are often sweeter, juicier, and more robust, making your meals more delicious and satisfying.
Locally Sourced Produce Is More Sustainable
Seasonal eating reduces the carbon footprint associated with transporting food long distances. Locally sourced, in-season foods require less energy for refrigeration and transportation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Eating With The Seasons Embraces A Variety In Your Diet
Embracing seasonal eating encourages you to diversify your diet. You’ll naturally rotate through a variety of fruits and vegetables as the seasons change, promoting a well-rounded and balanced diet.
Seasonal Food Is Typically Safer
Seasonal produce often undergoes fewer preservative treatments and handling, reducing the risk of contamination and foodborne illnesses.
Not only does seasonal produce taste amazing, but it’s more nutritional, better for the environment, and embraces a variety in your diet. Stop by your local Doris to find the freshest, in-season produce.
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