Eating seasonal produce is not only cheaper, but it's also tastier too! You may be able to find berries in stores come November, but have you ever tasted them? Not nearly as good as during the summer months, right?
This is because in order to get those berries, they had to be chilled and shipped from who-knows-where! Preparing for their long journey ahead, these berries were picked early so that they could fully ripen in transit, rather than on the vine.
These berries not only lack the taste and appearance of their sun-ripened counterparts, they're also lacking vital nutrients! Plants get their nourishment from the sun and soil. Seasonally fresh produce is picked when they're ripe and fully developed. These plants have had more sun exposure, which means they will also have higher levels of antioxidants!
And finally, by eating produce when it is in season, you will also be ensuring that your body is getting a variety of important vitamins and minerals. Sure, eating broccoli is great, but not when that's you're only vegetable! Try zucchini in the summer, sweet potato in the winter, and mushrooms in the spring. Matching your eating habits to the time of year will not only ensure better tasting produce, but a more nutritionally-packed variety as well.
So, with all of these reasons to eat seasonally, you may be wondering "Okay, so what's in season now?" Well, I'm glad you asked! Today marks the first day of August and there is all sorts of delicious produce in season.
What's In Season in August?
- Summer squash
Just to name a few ;) Hopefully this list will give you a few ideas for some yummy summer meals!