Without even looking at a calendar or considering the date you can tell when the season is about to change by the robust flavor of the seasonal fruits and vegetables. I look forward to cantaloupes, strawberries and tomatoes in June and winter squash in November and I make sure to include them on my weekly menu especially at the beginning of a season. Sometimes too much so, but it all works out. Just about the time I feel like I’ve over done it with the strawberries or cantaloupe and I’m ready for something different the season changes again.
The benefits of eating seasonably go beyond the wonderful flavor.
It’s healthier. Studies have shown that some crops can have up to three times more nutrients when grown in season. Seasonal fruits and vegetables don’t have to endure as much travel, so they don’t lose those vital nutrients.
It’s a better value. Food is easier to grow in season, making it more abundant, less time-intensive, and more affordable for consumers.
It’s better for the environment. Seasonal vegetables don’t have to travel as far to reach their destinations, reducing the amount of fuel needed to transport them which reduces your carbon footprint.
It, simply, tastes better. Food grown in season tastes better than food grown out of season. The flavors are stronger and more developed, the textures are as they were meant to be. A juicy tomato in June and July tastes so much better than a tomato in December.
Eat Seasonably is a great website for information on seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Eat Seasonably celebrates eating the right things at the right time.
On the Menu
Green Monster Protein Smoothie
Overnight ProteinOats with Banana and Almond Butter
Salad-A-Day Variety (Southwest, Chinese, Basic Veggie)
Black Bean Burger
E2 Basic Open Face Sandwich
Vegan Taco Lentil Wraps (my newest recipe!)
Dried Edamame and Cranberries
Protein Packed Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries and Walnuts
What is your favorite fruit season? What is your favorite veggie season? Do you consider the season when you plan your menu?