Grocery shopping is easy these days – you can get what you want at any time of the day from anywhere you want – whether strawberries from Spain or avocados from Israel simply at your convenience. We might forget that spring and summer is a good time to explore local varieties instead of the imported ones you pop into your basket, so here are Top 5 Reasons to Eat Seasonably!
1. Fruits and vegetables are fresh
You don’t need to think about when they were picked and worry about what happened in between the time they were picked and when you actually bought them. In other words, you do not need to worry about how long they were left in storage before they reached supermarkets long before you purchased them!
2. Produce tastes better
The strawberries in season taste better, don’t they? It is more gratifying to eat home grown when they are in season than imported ones. “Home grown” does not mean your back garden, I mean home grown as in locally or even nationally produced.
3. Often cheaper
When the fruits and vegetables are in season the likelihood of them being cheaper is greater. That is simply because the farmers are harvesting a variety of them to meet the demands of consumers. Also, if locally grown seasonal vegetables are eaten, the transport costs are minimised which is reflected in the price.
4. Environmentally friendly
For those environmentalists among you, knowing that food was grown locally and in-season suggests a win-win for the planet and your personal wellbeing. So the act of buying local and exploring your Farmer’s Market could be your contribution to a greener planet. We want to eat well and nourish our bodies, so why not think about the planet too?
5. More nutritious
Fruits and veggies picked in season are more nutritious because no preservation is needed and they can be readily consumed.
Next time you go grocery shopping, look around the produce isles. Supermarkets generally tend to have seasonal vegetables in the spotlight. Otherwise, why not take a pleasant trip to your local Farmer’s Market? Of course, growing your own veggies would be going the extra mile but you can start small and you’ll be on your way to healthier, more consciously aware eating in no time! Prefer home grown or seasonal? Tell us about it below or @KeepfitKingdom !