Want to Try Seasonal Eating?
We all know eating our greens is the staple of a healthy diet, but with so many options and little guidance, veggies can be, uninspiring. I’ve found it can be extremely helpful to know which of our fruits and vegetables are best to eat at certain times during the year. This helps to keep recipes not only interesting but tasting the best while in their prime!
Eating fruits and veggies when they’re in-season means they’re fresher (i.e., haven’t been shipped across country and left to wilt in a supermarket bin for days), which in turn means more flavor.
For example, when you eat a tomato fresh from the farm, you’re eating it how it was meant to be and thus getting the most natural flavor from it. Which sparks any new recipe you add it to, to get the best taste possible!
Buying food at the peak of its supply is cheaper for both farmers and for distribution, which makes it cost less for you. By buying foods in season locally, you’re helping your community, farmers, etc. It’s a win, win, win for everyone!
Here are some peak foods to look for in our area, categorized by all four seasons!
- Root vegetables are perfect for winter recipes – soups and stews
- Beets, carrots, onions, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, and turnips
- Citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruits, also pomegranates!
- As much *green* as possible
- Asparagus, avocado (hoorah!), broccoli, kale, peas, rhubarb
- Fruits such as more citrus, kiwi, and pineapple
- Tomatoes, corn, bell peppers, spinach
- ALL the berries, peaches, plums, lemons, limes
- Brussels sprouts, squash, eggplant, fennel, mushrooms, pumpkin, radishes
- Apples, cranberries, pears, persimmons
It helps to have a guideline. Consider these seasonal tips next time you plan your trip to the market! Or enlist a Front Door Fitness personal trainer to help you on your journey to better health.