SEASONAL LOCAL VEGETABLES AND FRUITS
You probably know seasonal local products are better but you might don’t have enough reason to consider it very important to eat seasonal.
When a fruit or vegetable is in season, it means that at that time of year it is at its peak. When you eat seasonally, your dependence upon local produce and local farmers increases thereby supporting them. At the same time, the need for transportation, refrigeration, and hot houses comes down making seasonal foods environment friendly.
The seasonal fruits and vegetables have all the vitamins and nutrients that our body needs in that particular season. So, it is wise to eat the fruits and vegetables when it’s their season because: The seasonal fruits and vegetables are affordable and since they are more abundant, you can stock them up. They are extremely beneficial to our health – they function as antioxidants, help detoxification, and can reduce DNA damage.
The seasonal produces requires minimum support in terms of fertilizers or pesticide since the condition to grow are provided and since it’s fresh no need to be covered in wax or preservatives. Nature is designed in such way to provide the required nutrition for us to stay healthy. Scientist believe we shouldn’t eat products which are out of season for nutritional reasons.
By eating local, seasonal foods you can help reduce the environmental costs associated with your food. Local produce is more likely to be ripened on the farm before being harvested and delivered therefore has better flavor. The seasonal local products doesn’t require cold chain transportation which has impacts on the quality of products compared to fresh harvests. It reduces waste of energy consumed for transportation and has minimum environmental cost. Consume locally, impact globally!
If you own a restaurant
How often do you change your menu? Do you change the menu with end of season or have a boring menu which whenever customer miss your food will come back? Keeping your menu refreshed and updated is more important than you think.