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Seasonal Eating

April 20, 2015

 

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you are having a great start to your week. Today, I'm going to be focusing on seasonal eating. Basically, this means figuring out what foods are in season, and trying to build your meals around these nutritious foods. 

 

Foods that are in season are at their peak in flavor, nutritional value, and affordability! It's a total win-win. In-season foods are less expensive due to the relative abundance of these crops. 

 

Here is a quick cheat-sheet to show you when certain fruits and vegetables are in-season for this coming spring and summer:

 

Spring

  • Apricots

  • Artichokes

  • Asparagus

  • Broccoli

  • Cabbage

  • Carrots

  • Fennel

  • Honeydew

  • Mango

  • Oranges

  • Pineapple

  • Radishes

  • Spinach

  • Strawberries

  • Turnips

 

Summer

  • Blackberries

  • Blueberries

  • Cantaloupe

  • Celery

  • Chard

  • Cherries

  • Corn

  • Collards

  • Eggplant

  • Grapes

  • Green beans

  • Okra

  • Peas

  • Plums

  • Summer squash

  • Tomatillos

  • Tomatoes

 

For a more specific guide on what foods are in-season in your area, check out Sustainable Table! You can input your season and location for a list of in-season treats.

 

Eating seasonally can also mean enjoying locally grown foods! For tips on eating locally, see my recent blog post on navigating the farmer's market here. Not only is eating seasonally and locally good for you and your wallet, but it's also good for the environment and community. Supporting small and midsize local farmers helps cut down on pollution from a long shipping experience, and also reduces your carbon footprint. 

 

Xoxo,

Stefani

 

Sources:

http://www.cuesa.org/eat-seasonally/charts/vegetable

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