The first day of spring is only 7 days away and that means wonderful new options for flavorful and nutritious seasonal eating and beautiful weather for farmers’ market shopping.
The benefits of eating seasonably go beyond the wonderful flavors:
- Food is easier to grow in season, making it more abundant, less time-intensive, and more affordable for consumers.
- When produce is in season locally, the relative abundance of the crop usually makes it less expensive.
- Seasonal fruits and vegetables are picked at the peak of freshness and offer higher nutritional content. Seasonal foods don’t have to endure as much travel, so they don’t lose those vital nutrients.
- Food grown in season tastes better than food grown out of season. The flavors are stronger and more developed and the textures are as they were meant to be. A ripe juicy red tomato in June and July tastes so much better than a tomato in December.
What flavorful and nutritious fruits and veggies can we enjoy this spring?
- citrus fruit
- green peas
- fava beans
- spring greens
- collard greens
To find out what’s harvested seasonally in your area, go to www.localharvest.org to find farmers’ markets near you and seasonal produce guides.
What seasonal fruit and veggies are you looking forward to enjoying this spring? Do you shop at farmers’ markets?
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