So this is my very first post and I must say, it took me a while to figure out what to start off with! Finally, I realised I was overthinking it (as we all do), and as we go into a new season, the answer became pretty simple.
I’m sure you have heard it before. Always try and eat what is in season. But do you know why it’s better to eat in season? There are tons of reasons to eat in season, but below are 3 great ones.
1. The Price
Well first, if you are looking at following a healthy lifestyle, but do not have the financial capability (or just generally don’t want to spend a huge amount of money on being healthy), eating in season means that there is a surplus of fruit/veg available, resulting in the reduction of the cost at the shelf. Therefore those strawberries that would normally cost an excess of R50 a punnet, drop by at least 40%! I can attest to the fact that I bought a small punnet of strawberries from a Pick n Pay supermarket for R8 this past season (October). I was truly one happy girl 🙂
2. The Right Nutrition
It’s almost like with each season, the fruits and veg available match up to your dietary needs – quite amazing really. Winter brings with it citrus fruits like oranges & naartjies both containing vitamin C, which help boost your immune system, while watermelons in summer are the perfect refreshing treat, comprising of almost 93% water, perfect during the hot summer season.
3.Freshness in every bite
Eating in season means that the food does not need to be preserved (frozen) to ensure it lasts through the change in season. This means that every bite you take, will be as fresh and as full of flavour as it gets! In addition, you are also saving the planet by buying local, instead of imported food! 🙂 So less greenhouse gasses and a healthier you – a win-win really. Make sure to keep a lookout for stickers on pack noting that the product has been imported, as this will bring the price up!
So I’m sure you are wondering, “but how do I know what is in season?” Different countries have unique indigenous fruit and veg produce, that may only grow in their country due to the climate, rainfall, soil composition and so on. A simple Google search with your country of origin and the words “fruit and vegetables in season” will generally bring up your seasonal list, however many supermarkets do promote the food in season on their websites and now that you are aware of it, you will start to see the lower costs of fruit and veg for this season.