Six Reasons To Eat Seasonal Produce
It is impressive to see how everything in nature is so well harmonized. Certain foods only grow in a particular part of the world and at a specific time, and this is not by chance; there is a purpose for that.
Did you know eating seasonal food is good for your health, the planet, and your wallet?
These 6 reasons will allow you to better understand how important it is to be in tune with nature by eating what’s in season.
- Support the seasonal needs
Have you ever wondered why nuts grow during fall and watermelons in summer? Well, God has planned everything in nature to support your needs at each given moment. Winter is cold; therefore, you need to stay warm. Eating nuts during fall provides you with extra insulation from the fat content. When winter comes, your body can better regulate your temperature to keep you warm. On the other hand, watermelon is about 92% water, providing you with extra water to stay well hydrated during the hot summer weather.
Have you noticed how much greens grow in the spring? Greens are high in chlorophyll, purifying the blood from all the junk we get from comfort foods we often crave during winter. The abundance of leafy green vegetables in the spring allows your body to clean up.
2. Higher in Flavor
Have you noticed that during summer, it is easier to pick up a sweet watermelon? Well, this is because melons are summer fruits. At that time of the year, they are at their peak in flavor, and they also have a more appealing red color. So, if you want to enjoy the optimal taste of any fruit or vegetable, make sure to buy it when it is in season.
3. Nutrients dense
Every produce needs specific conditions such as the quality of the soil and the suitable climate to fully develop. Seasonal foods receive everything they need from nature, allowing them to be at their peak in nutrients.
4. Fewer pesticides
Seasonal foods do not require as much support in terms of pesticides and other chemicals to fully develop and look appealing. They naturally have all the favorable conditions from nature. Therefore, by buying what’s in season, you have a better chance of having cleaner produce.
The production cost of seasonal produce is less than other fruits and vegetables because they require less human support than non-seasonal foods. As a result, they are also cheaper on the market. Buying seasonal food allows you to have more for the same amount of money than you would typically have when purchasing the same food out of season.
6. Be in tune with your environment.
Consuming seasonal and locally grown foods allows you to be in harmony with nature and your environment and better appreciate the beauty around you. Also, embracing the natural flow of things supports balance in the body.
What’s currently in season in your area?
The best way to buy seasonal produce is by visiting your local farmer’s market. However, they are also available in grocery stores, and you will recognize them by their abundance and lower prices. Usually, most stores expose seasonal foods at the entrance and make them stand out in the produce area. Have you noticed those giant boxes of nuts, bags of apples, green beans, and cranberries during fall and winter? How about the abundance of greens during spring? You know it’s summer when you see so many watermelons, cantaloupe, honeydew, zucchini, yellow squashes, and berries in grocery stores and at lower prices.
Now that you understand the benefit of eating seasonal foods, I hope you make it a habit to always include them on your grocery list.