With Autumn upon us, new produce is popping up in the grocery stores. It is always best to consume produce that is in season to get the best flavor, the highest levels of important nutrients, pay a lower price, and reduce your carbon footprint.
Tastes best – everyone knows farm grown summer tomatoes taste better than hot-house tomatoes. This is true for all produce. Produce grown in its natural environment during its natural season has the best flavor
Good for you – Less nutrients are lost during transport. Often produce grown out of season is picked before it is ripened so it doesn’t spoil during the long transport (often the produce then has wax coatings, chemical ripening agents, and preservatives)
Reasonably Priced – The produce usually doesn’t have as far to travel and more is available, thus lowering the price.
Reduce your carbon footprint – Buy from local farmers to avoid the large carbon footprint that comes with food shipped from thousands of miles away.
What’s in season now? To name a few…
Fruit: Apples, Pears, Figs, Cranberries, Plums, Grapes
Vegetables: Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Greens, Lettuce, Onions, Pumpkin, Radishes, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips, Winter Squash
As you choose to eat seasonal foods – don’t forget about variety! Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables will give you the most optimal variety of nutrition – different produce has differing levels of vitamins and minerals. Experiment with different seasonal produce each week!
Also, check out your local Farmer’s Market because the produce will most likely be more fresh and less expensive than your local grocery store.