Seasonal Eating- Why is it important to eat the foods of the season?

 

 

Every season produces a beautiful new food- different from the season before. For example, in the spring we enjoy strawberries and rhubarb, and in the fall, it is all about pumpkin spices and sugar cane dreams.  To consume fruit and veggies during their time of harvest is known as seasonal eating, and seasonal eating is becoming the new it ‘thing’ in wellness.

This way of eating is not new to the holistically health conscious, it is commonplace to eat the foods that are in season. The nutritional value of produce is at its’ peak during harvest season, and it is at this time that foods have the most benefit.

For example, if you live in New York, and buy a watermelon in July, you would expect a fruit, that is full of juicy sweet goodness. Now- lets imagine buying watermelon in December.  You would be taking a gamble on whether it is a sweet and juicy.  Also, the watermelon will most likely cost more because it would have to be imported from a region that is able to cultivate watermelon during this time of year.  Accompanied with importation, rising prices and lost nutritional value are unfavorable realities.

Nutrition

The 3 factors that support food health are oxygen, temperature and light exposure..  The longer fruit and vegetables are exposed to either of these three factors, nutrients are lost. Because of this, to preserve the produce, preservatives are added, and this compromises the nutritional value and authenticity of the product.

Cost

Buying produce that is in season, for your geographical region, saves money. There are no importation costs to factor into the cost of the goods. When you purchase fruit and vegetables in season, it is less expensive for companies to make these foods available to consumers, thereby making it easier on your wallet.

Taste

Another desirable benefit to seasonal eating is quality.  Foods are better tasting and more nutritious.  

Overall, seasonal eating offers the most benefit for your body.