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July - Seasonal Foods - 7 Great Reasons For Eating Seasonally

03.07.2015

Great foods to enjoy this summer

Fruit: apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, gooseberries, greengages, kiwi, loganberries, melons, nectarines, peaches, raspberries, redcurrants, strawberries, tomatoes

Vegetables: artichoke, aubergine, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, courgettes, cucumber, fennel, french beans, garlic, lettuce, mangetout, new potatoes, onions, peas, potatoes (main crop) radishes, rocket, runner beans, sage, spinach, sorrel, watercress

Meat/poultry/fish: clams, cod, crab, dover sole, haddock, hablibut, herring, john dory, lamb, lemon sole, lobster, mackerel, monkfish, pike, plaice, rabbit, salmon, sardines, sea bass, scallops


Here are 7 very good reasons for why you should eat seasonally.

1. Flavour

Produce that have been allowed to fully ripen in the sun taste amazing! Freshly picked produce has the optimal flavour – crispy, fragrant, juicy and colorful. 


2. Nutrition

Plants get their nourishment from the sun and soil. Seasonally fresh produce is picked when ripe and fully developed. The plant has had more sun exposure, which means it will have higher levels of antioxidants! 

3. Economy

Simply supply and demand. When there’s abundance of a product the prices go down. Seasonal food is much cheaper to produce for the farmers who would rather sell their products for a lower price, than not at all. 


4. Environment

Seasonal produce can grow without too much added human assistance i.e. pesticides and genetic modification. We know how these toxic compounds can contaminate the water and soil and also our health. Seasonal food is more likely to be locally produced as well, which reduces the load on our environment due to transport, or “food mileage”.


5. Community

Getting to know where your food is coming from, who is growing your food and how they do it also makes you feel more connected to that whole process. 

6. Home Cooking

Eating seasonally also encourages cooking which helps you to make healthier food choices.  Cooking is also a great activity to do with your children.

 

7. Organic/Free of Pesticides

Food grown outside of their season or natural environment need a lot more human assistance in forms of pesticides, waxes, chemicals and preservatives to grow and look appealing to us consumers. By choosing local and seasonal food, you are also more likely to get a cleaner product! 

 

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