The Importance of Eating SeasonallyMarch 2019
We seem to have lost the art of eating seasonally. We choose convenience and what we know, over what is fresh and in season. Eating seasonally is as the name suggests, eating fresh produce that is in season.
Mostly we know that summer is when summer fruits such as mangoes, peaches, nectarines are in season. And winter is when fruits such as apples, pears, oranges, kiwi fruit are in season. But do you know what vegetables are? In Australia, the fresh produce markets provide a list of seasonal food. Check your local markets for a guide.
We’ve become so accustomed to produce being available all year round, we don’t even notice if it is Australian produce. Personally, I want to support our farmers, so I will always choose Australian supplied over imported produce. Plus, importing takes time. Time that ultimately impacts the nutritional quality of food.
The benefit of eating seasonally
- Better for your wallet. Many people think healthy food is expensive. Like anything, economies of scale come into play. The more abundant the produce the cheaper the price.
- Your gut health will benefit from a rotation of different foods. The best way to support a healthy microbiome (the bugs in your guts) is to eat a wide variety of food.
- If it doesn’t taste good, you won’t want to eat it again. Ever had a floury apple?
- Now I’m not saying there are no nutrients in produce that is not in season, but over time the quality of the nutrient content reduces.
When fruit is not in season, it is stored in cold storage to stop the ripening process. Choice did a report and found that some apples were picked up to a year in advance. A year is a long time! Could you imagine having an apple in for fridge for a year, then pulling it out to eat?
How to shop seasonally?
Whilst I understand convenience does come into play. I too have shopped for produce at a supermarket *gasp*. Where possible, shop at a local farmers market, the produce is seasonal at these markets. Plus you can create a relationship with your produce supplier getting all the tips and trade secrets on how to prepare and store different produce.
If this is not possible, investigate a local fruit delivery box or join a co-op. Again, the economies of scale come into play and you will receive the freshest, in season produce available.
What are your tips for shopping and eating seasonally?
Until next time… x
Written by Jessica Worth, Nutritionist, Sydney, Mona Vale
Jess is a passionate nutritionist who clears up the confusion and overwhelm, if you’re looking for simple, relatable advice you’re in the right place.