You’ve probably heard it before, eating seasonally is best. But what makes seasonal produce so special? And is there an easy way to keep track of what’s in season? In this post, we’ll answer both of those questions. Plus, we'll share delicious recipes that will inspire you to cook with more plants this winter, and beyond.
Why is eating seasonally important?
Between phones and food delivery services, convenience is a huge part of many of our lives. It’s one of the many reasons why transportation practices have evolved so we can have strawberries in the winter… and sweet potatoes in the summer. However, just because something is accessible, doesn’t mean it’s best for us, especially when it comes to produce.
Instead of choosing whatever is available, choosing seasonal produce is more beneficial for you and the planet. Here’s why:
Seasonal produce is generally cheaper because purchasing food at peak of the supply is more cost-effective for distribution and farmers.
It’s fresher, with more nutrients. For example, a study monitoring the vitamin C content of broccoli found that broccoli grown during its peak season had a higher vitamin C content than broccoli grown during the spring.
Veggies and fruits taste (so much) better when they’re fresh. If you’ve ever tried a berry grown from a farm at prime ripeness, you know what we’re talking about!
By buying seasonal produce, you’re reducing the impact on the environment. This is because there’s less transportation involved, which means fewer emissions, gas, packaging, etc.
Last but not least, when you purchase your produce from your farmers’ market, you’re supporting your local community.
What produce is in season during the winter months?
In the winter, the best produce to eat includes root vegetables, leafy greens, and citrus fruits. See below for the top ingredients to pick up at your local farmers’ market right now:
Citrus Fruit (clementines, grapefruit, lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines)
Leafy Greens (chard, kale, mustard greens, spinach)
Root vegetables (beets, turnips, parsnips, radishes)
What recipes feature winter seasonal vegetables?
Make your seasonal vegetables the colorful stars on your plate with these plant-based Swich recipes. They're wholeosme, healthy, and, of course, delicious.
Side dish recipes:
Main dish recipes:
How does eating seasonally impact cooking?
There’s an Ancient Indian concept called ritucharya. A part of the practice connects certain seasons to certain foods for best health and lifestyle practices. While the practice goes beyond eating seasonally, the core of the concept is certainly applicable. The more we eat seasonally, the healthier we feel.
If we look at our ingredients as vessels to improve our health, the greater connection we’ll feel with the food on our plates. And ultimately, the more inspired and joyful cooking will be.
Do you eat seasonally? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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