Updated: May 17, 2019
It's time to go back to our roots! There are so many benefits to eating seasonally, even if you can't do it everyday, making the effort to source local and fresh ingredients will be good for your wallet, your health and the environment!
Here are my top 5 reasons you should make the effort to shop seasonally
1. You save money!!! When a fruit or vegetable is in season, that means they are usually less expensive than other non seasonal/imported produce. Prime example, we are right in the middle of asparagus season, so prices are reflected to support the local British farmers and their glut of these gorgeous green spears. But come Autumn, our asparagus takes the long haul from Peru to grace our shop shelves, and that will boost the price right up. Also, every £ you spend with a local business really counts, as up to .80p of it stays in the local economy, or at the very least, goes back into the farmers pockets directly instead of large corporations.
2. It's great for your health as local produce is picked and on the market stall within hours or mere days, so the food is ripe, nutrient dense and fully grown. The longer food sits in transit and then in the store, usually means the produce was picked before it was ready so it would ripen during the shelf life and would deplete nutrients as time went on.
3. Shipping produce all over the world is terrible for the environment. The carbon emissions are not doing us any favours no matter how much we love our avocado on toast. It's now clearer than ever that we have to make changes to our lifestyles in order to save the planet. Especially when we live in country where there is a huge array of options when it comes to seasonal vegetables and fruit.
4. Play with your food! That's right, by incorporating seasonal veg and fruit into your weekly meals means you might come across some new and exciting ingredients. Get creative with your meal planning! Some of the veg might look weird, but don't judge based on appearances - jerusalem artichokes resemble wicked witch knuckles, but underneath its grubby knobbly exterior is a light starchy potato-like delight. Lovely roasted with a bit of olive oil and sea salt, or blended up into a creamy soup.
5. Eating seasonally supports your body's natural rhythm. In the Winter we are provided with citrus to help knock out winter sniffles and colds,root vegetables that are perfect in soups and stews to keep us warm and cosy. In Summer we are gifted with fresh berries packed with beta-carotene that help protect us against sun damage, and make a mean crumble.
I get it, your busy doing all the things, and don't have time to casually stroll around markets looking for the freshest of the fresh. Lucky for you there are several great affordable veg/fruit delivery schemes across the UK that deliver seasonal and locally grown produce straight to your home or work. Knowing you are supporting local British farmers, getting creative in the kitchen with new ingredients, honouring your body by giving it the best fuel, and helping the planet, there really are no down sides TBH.
Here are a few options of what is in season for May/ June here in the UK:
Jersey Royal New Potatoes
Lettuce (Lamb’s and Curly)
and now I am STARVING! What would you make out of the ingredients above? What do you think your would struggle with by eating more seasonally? Let me know in the comments below!