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Seasonal Vegetables & Fruits: 5 Reasons to Eat with the Season

by | Nutrition

Jul 25, 2022

You should know several fruits and vegetables that are only available at certain seasons. In this article, I will be showing you reasons why you should eat these such fruits, legumes, and vegetables in their season: the health benefits and the impact on the ecosystem.

Here are 5 Reasons to eat with the season.

1. It is Healthier

When you eat fruits and vegetables in their season, you have to understand that you are eating them when they are still fresh and void of additives. 

The process of storing fruits for some time usually involves adding some preservatives to these fruits. The preservatives can alter the nutritional composition of these fruits. Seasonal fruits are fresh and fresh foods are healthy. 

Fresh vegetables are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, which go a long way to keep your immune system functioning optimally. 

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2. It is Cheaper

In their season, most fruits and vegetables are cheap because the farmers who grow them sell them as soon as they are harvested. Meaning the added cost of transportation is not there. With foods that are out of season, one has to pay for the cost of transportation and all of that. 

Also, buying directly from farmers can have an impact on your local economy because the money circulates within your locality; farmers gain directly and have money for the next planting season. 

3. Eco-Friendly

Sustainable eating has to become part of us. When we eat, we shouldn’t only think about ourselves. We should think about our environment, too, as our ecosystem needs to be preserved. 

When you eat with the season, especially when you buy directly from the farmers in your neighborhood, believe it or not, you are also extending a hand to preserve the environment. 

First, the food will not have to travel miles to get to you. Meaning there won’t be any burning of fossil fuels.

Also, since the food won’t be processed, there won’t be any need for heavy machinery. 

4. Can Give Variety to Your Diet Plans

With the season, you have more diet options. You don’t have to eat the same meal over and over and definitely do not have to settle for eating what is unavailable. 

Think of it like a meal rotation. In the summer, you eat meals available in the summer. In the spring, you eat meals available in the spring. By the end of the year, you will have eaten just enough of everything your body needs. 

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5. Taste Better 

Here is one I find very interesting. In their season, you get the best taste and flavor out of fruits and vegetables. The reason is simple: they are whole, and they are fresh. Out of season, certain fruits may lose their taste; they may even lose their color and appearance. 

To get the best out of oranges, for example, you had better eat them in their season. Because then they are still brightly colored and fresh. 

The greater the variety of foods, the better for you. Eating with the season makes you discover new tastes.

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List of Seasonal Vegetables and Fruits

SpringSummerAutumnWinter
AvocadoesApplesGreen GarlicCardoon
ArtichokesCucumbersTurnipsHorseradish
ApricotsCornStrawberriesEscarole
SpinachBlueberriesRadishesJerusalem Artichoke
PineapplesBlackberriesSpring OnionsChicory
PotatoesBasilRampsCeleriac
NettlesCollard GreensParsleyClemtine
CarrotsBell PeppersNew PotatoesKiwifruit
CherriesCantaloupesLemonsWinter Squash
RhubarbChickpeasGrapefruitTangerine
MangoesEdible flowersHerbsRutabaga
PeasGreen OnionsKaleRadicchio
Fava BeansGarlicKohlrabiPersimmon
FennelFigsKiwisShallot
Dandelion GreensEggplantKumquatsPomelo
MorelsGooseberriesCapsicumOrange
BeetsGrapesMelonsMeyer Lemon
WatercressGreen BeansParnipsBananas
FiddleheadsHuckleberriesCeleryCabbage
LeeksLettuceZucchiniBrussels Sprouts
ChivesMangoesCauliflowerBroccoli
ChardOkraSweet PotatoesSwede
CardoonsPeachesTomatoesPomegranates
AsparagusPearsOnionsGuava
ArugulaPlumsSquashSwiss Chard
Fruits and Vegetables

Summary

Eating fruits and vegetables in their season not only has an impact on your body. But on the ecosystem and the economy of your community too. 

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

By Ubong Johnson

Ubong Johnson (Ubee) is a relationship expert, medical student, and writer. He writes articles which cover everything from relationships and nutrition to lifestyle. His works of short fiction have appeared in several literary magazines including The Shallow Tales Review, Ngiga Review, and the Kalahari Review. He is the founder and editor of Fiction Niche.

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