It is so important (and much yummier) to eat fruit and veggies when they are in season! Nothing worse than getting your hopes up and biting into a fruit out of season and it just doesn’t taste good. Plus they are healthier in season. They have had the proper time to ripen and mature and they are full of the necessary nutrients that we eat them for! When we get fruits and veggies out of season they have been grown in hothouses or shipped from who knows where. They have to be harvested early and then refrigerated during shipping so they don’t go bad. All of that affects the taste! It is hard to get excited about eating your 5 servings a day if you know they aren’t going to taste good.
They are also cheaper and you get better quality for your money!! It is the classic supply and demand. In season there is an abundance and so it won’t cost as much to get your fill!
You also get the bonus of having a variety of fruits and veggies all year long! Even in Fall and Winter, produce is still being harvested!
If you can, go out and plant your own garden. That way you will know exactly what went into growing the produce and you will know when things are in season. Plus produce from your own garden always tastes better!!
Some seasonal fruits and veggies right now in North America are: bell peppers, chestnuts, cranberries, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, fennel, garlic, almonds, apples, chard, leeks, parsnips, pumpkin, spinach, pears, sweet potato, wild mushrooms, persimmons, turnips, and pomegranates.
So what do we do when our favorites aren’t in season?? Frozen is an excellent option. Frozen produce doesn’t have the sodium and preservatives that the canned variety often have. Canned produce has also lost a lot of nutritional value in the canning process (there are a few exceptions though). Frozen fruits and veggies have most likely been harvested while in season so you are getting more nutritional benefits. You can even freeze them yourself. Buy extra when in season and freeze them for the off season!!