Have you heard that we should be eating our foods according to their season? It’s called Seasonal Eating.
I’m sure you have heard of it in passing, or maybe there was an article you saw on your phone once that you then forgot about. But, there are many benefits to eating food while it’s in season, as opposed to eating those foods year-round.
Now, you may be asking, “But Honey, what are the benefits?” Well, let’s find out!
The Benefits of Eating Seasonal Foods
Ayurvedic medicine practices eating foods only in season and claim it to help prevent disease and maintain your overall health. Why are these foods more healthy? Because when grown in season, they are more nutritionally dense. This is because, when grown in its proper season, the crop follows normal (instead of forced) growing and ripening rhythms. Thus, the food is naturally better for you. There was even a study done about this on broccoli. Read it here.
When food is artificially grown and ripened, the foods are naturally not as nutritionally dense. As well, the ripening process is often sped up to keep up with the high demand for crops, this always makes foods less nutritious for us.
And, did you know what when food is grown out of season, it also gets treated with post-harvest treatments and ripening agents? This coats your food in chemicals and gases, and an edible film to protect the food during this process. You know what I’m talking about, you’ve seen it on apples most likely. Who wants that in their tummies?
Lastly, even animal protein can be in season! For instance, I will go through fish that are seasonal this month for us to enjoy at the end of this article.
It’s Not Only For Your Health
Eating seasonally isn’t only beneficial for your health. There are many other benefits to eating seasonally that I’m sure many of you didn’t know about.
1. The Environment will thank you: Eating seasonally reduces your overall carbon footprint. How? Because in order for non-seasonal food to get to us, it’s produced in other countries, then brought over to the US. Think of all that travel time! If you eat seasonally and shop locally, you will not be contributing to this practice. Sure, it may not seem like it will help much, but the more people that use this practice, the more impact it will have.
2. It’s cheaper: Out of season fruits and vegetables are always more expensive because of the costs that accrue to produce the product. The price also includes the foods travel to get to you. If you start to eat seasonally, you will begin to notice the prices of those foods can be considerably less than ones that are out of season. As well, it makes it much easier for you to support your local farmers! They will always have the foods that are in season.
3. It tastes better: This may seem like a no-brainer, but have you ever tasted an orange that in season versus one that is not? The taste difference is astonishing! It’s like when you get home from the store, bite into a strawberry and go, “Oh my gosh, that is one of the sweetest berries I have ever eaten!” compared to all the other times you’ve bitten into one only to be met by a sour and bland taste. That’s because it’s in season! These food products have been grown naturally, without any engineered processes. This is also why shopping at your local farmer’s market always tastes better than store-bought produce!
Foods to Enjoy This February
So, what seasonal winter foods should we be eating this February? Here is a great list for you to pick and choose from. As well, make sure you visit your local market to see what is in season in your area!
- Catalogna chicory,
- White cabbage
- Savoy cabbage
- Brussels sprout
- Beet tops
- Red radicchio
- Jerusalem artichoke
- Actinidia (kiwi)
- Dried fruits
- Sea Bass
Eat Well, Be Well
I hope this article helped you become a little more aware and informed about seasonal eating. Take some time and explore the internet for more information. You’ll also be able to find some great lists for recipes while you’re at it! Eat well and be well my readers.
Have you tried seasonal eating before? Tell me about your experiences in the comments at the bottom of this page.
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