Ever wondered why everyone stresses so much about eating with the seasons? Why your mom always cooked pumpkin during the fall, gave the tangy flavor of lemon in most dishes during summer, and your kitchen was always filled with cucumber and radishes during spring? The answer is simple and right in front of our eyes – eating seasonally carries benefits to your health, the planet, as well as your wallet.
For All Goodness and Nutrients
Food produce starts losing its vital nutrients right after it is picked. So if the produce is grown in fall, for instance, and you eat it during spring, it may have lost most of its nutrients by that time. To reap all of the goodness from food, eating seasonally is the best solution.
A Balanced Diet
If you eat what is in season in every season, you are eating a broader variety of foods in your diet throughout the year. Seasonal foods can also broaden your palate and expose you to ingredients or dishes that you have never explored before.
Taste at its Best
Since the produce is fresh and grows the best in a particular season, the taste is perfect. There is no point of eating sweet lime in winter if it’s not going to taste sweet!
Saving money is likely the greatest tangible benefit of eating seasonally. When you buy produce in season, its supply is at a peak and costs much less to harvest and distribute to the grocery stores.
The price of food is a good indicator for identifying seasonal foods. Have you noticed that berries, peaches, and other stone fruits are super expensive at the end of fall? Since seasonal foods are in abundance during their season, they are typically on sale. That package of organic strawberries on sale for $3.99 now will cost more like $6.99 during the winter.
If the price isn’t enough of an indicator (is this duplication of words appropriate?), here is list of foods available in abundance in spring:
- Celery root
- Fava beans
- Blood oranges
- Kiwi fruit
Spring foods usually have the properties that refresh you and your body during the warmer days of the year. The best part is that you can cook numerous delicacies in interesting combinations as spring foods typically blend well together.
This weekend, try something new and innovative with spring foods. The following recipes may inspire you.
Kelp noodles are becoming increasingly popular these days. If you want to make a quick side dish during the spring time, here is a wonderful recipe Kelp Noodles with Broccoli and Creamy Avocado Dressing by Jen Hoy. This 5 minute dish is smooth and delicious.
If you are fond of Japanese food, you must try Broccoli with Miso & Sesame Dressing. Its main ingredient is Broccoli, which you will find in abundance throughout spring. The best part about this dressing is that it blends with all boiled vegetables and makes it an amazing Japanese side dish.
Eat right and stay healthy!