What drives our decisions to buy the foods we do? Is it the tricky marketing that packaging often displays? Cost? Certain nutrients we are looking to include in our diets? Could be any number of reasons, but I"m willing to bet that most of us have taste at the top of the list.
Have you ever bought a winter tomato to bite into it and discover it's mealy, tasteless, barely even red features less than pleasing? I have. Compare that to a fresh out of the garden summer tomato that's rich in flavor, color and juiciness, and there is a world of a difference. And that main difference is season (well, ok, and grown in a hot house compared to a garden).
Buying and eating what's in season is not only easy on the wallet, but delightful for our tastebuds.
Easy on the wallet due to the simple law of supply and demand. When certain produce is in season, you are rewarded for choosing what's currently growing- both financially and in flavor.
The delightfully deliciousness is the natural outcome of produce ripening in it's natural environment. It just tastes better when we get to eat something that was harvested within a few days of when we eat it. Now, another big part of this is also choosing food that is locally in season. This can be challenging depending on where you live and the season. Check out www.localharvest.org to discover seasonal produce guides and farmer's markets for your area.
So, what's in season right now?
Apples, quince, broccoli, beets, carrots, mushrooms, winter squash, shallots, bananas, grapes, sage, sweet potatoes, pears, pumpkins, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, figs, plums, cranberries.
Here in the burbs of Chicago we have only a little fall left, which makes me think I'm a little late on this post...oh well, but here's what's in season locally right now (upper Midwest): apples, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, leeks, pumpkin, beets and turnips.
Our best option would be to buy locally AND what's in season, but that's oftentimes difficult. Wait, I take that back. I believe the best option is growing our produce ourselves! But if your green thumb is more the color of black and buying local is lacking in options right now, the next best thing is to purchase what's in season somewhere else. Many supermarkets display where the produce comes from, so try choosing something that's closer in location to minimize travel time and potential damage.
Another easy way to tell what's in season is to look for what's on sale. Generally the sale produce correlates with the seasonal produce.
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