What are your favorite fruits and vegetables?
I love cantaloupe, peaches, pineapples, and strawberries. For vegetables, I really love asparagus, collard greens, and spinach. I feel like my meal is not complete if I do not have one of my favorite vegetables paired with my meal.
I just recently started eating butternut squash. I don’t know why I wasn’t eating it before. All of these years, I had been missing out on this delicious vegetable. (Note to self, butternut squash is technically a fruit.)
One of the amazing things about grocery stores is that you can walk in, at any time of the year, and get just about anything. Blueberries in the middle of winter in a northern climate? No sweat: They’re there. Spinach fresh in a bag in January? Yep, you can find that, too.
Unfortunately, the price of groceries that are out of season often can make a severe dent in your grocery plans. You’re gaining access to produce at all sorts of times of the year, but that access comes at a cost. Also, the minerals and vitamins of out-of-season produce are not as strong as they are when you eat them in-season. I’ll explain more below.
Buy Your Produce When It Is In-Season
One way to work around that budget-busting nonsense is to plan your grocery shopping to be more seasonal. I know it’s really hard to do, especially when you’re really craving a particular fruit or vegetable, but it’s worth the wait.
Why? Well, here are a few reasons.
1. Produce is plentiful when it is in-season. You’re going to find more of your favorite produce in-season than you would in the out-of-season months. Blueberries, for example, are in-season in August. Therefore, you should purchase them during this time frame.
2. It also costs less than it would if you bought it out-of-season.
3. In-season produce doesn’t rely on the same waxes, preservatives, and chemicals used to preserve the appearance and flavor of out-of-season produce.
4. Eating seasonally means eating locally. If you’re a big proponent of supporting local, this is a great reason why you should eat produce when it’s in-season.
5. Produce picked and enjoyed at its peak typically has more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants than items picked before they’re ripe.
Besides, think of all the yummy recipes you can look forward to as each season changes! Eating produce when it’s in-season is worth the wait. And if you just can’t wait until your favorite fruit or vegetable is in-season, then stock up on it when it’s in-season and freeze the produce to save for later!
Want more ideas to shop seasonally? The graphic below can help.
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