Tuesday, October 06, 2015 by Vicki Batts
There are some foods people just know are in season. Apples are in the fall, and peaches are in the summer. You wouldn’t want to eat berries in February, that’s for certain. Every fruit and vegetable has a season, though what’s in our supermarkets may not always reflect that. It’s actually quite beneficial to follow produce seasons.
Food that’s grown in-season is more likely to be grown locally – which is always better for the environment and for local farms. The fruits and veggies will be fresher and taste better. They’re also going to be exposed to fewer pesticides and other chemicals, because they don’t need as much “assistance” to grow and stay alive as they do out-of-season. In addition to having less exposure to toxins, seasonal fruits and veggies are also going to be more nutritious. When grown at peak times, fruits and veggies will also provide peak nutrition content.
To top it all off, fruits and vegetables that are being bought in season are less expensive than those that aren’t in season. It’s easier to grow and cultivate during peak grow times, so there’s more of them. The greater availability of a fruit or vegetable, and the less expensive they will be.