Flavor, nutrition, budget friendly, environment friendly… the list goes on for the reasons to eat what is in season.
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The majority of us don’t consider that fruits and vegetables actually have a specific time of the year that they are grown and harvested. Truth be told, we don’t consider it because we don’t have to. The average grocery store carries all kinds of produce year round. But how? Well, through time technology has advanced to allow farmers and agriculturalists the ability to grow crops year round. However, that doesn’t mean that they are the best kinds of fruits and vegetables for you to eat. In fact, foods that are grown out of season and in improper climates, lack the color, luster, taste and nutrients of foods that are grown in the proper season and climate.
This is an insert from a article I’ve read before, written by a blogger who writes for “Reboot with Joe”. This particular segment about foreign produce is incredibly important and something we should all keep in mind when we are shopping for ourselves and our families:
“When fruits and vegetables are sourced overseas you can’t be sure what their regulations for pesticides, herbicides and fungicides are. Many countries across the globe have very relaxed laws about chemicals being sprayed on fruits and vegetables that other countries have banned due to their known harmful effects. Overseas agriculture may not regulate soil contamination tests to ensure land and soil quality. Some agricultural areas have been shown to have very high heavy metal and other toxic contaminates due to industrial sites inhabiting the same area. Health practices in some countries may leave a lot to be desired. Here in Australia we have recently had a large contamination of Hepatitis A from frozen berries that have come from China. Due to poor hygiene practices overseas this has then infected many Australians. Produce such as garlic is irradiated, bleached and sprayed with methyl bromide to withstand quarantine and long periods of travel as many of fruits and vegetables are that make the long haul trip in ships. When produce is in season, cheaper and often on sale it’s a great time to buy in bulk for yourself and preserve, pickle, ferment, freeze and store your own food at home. I collect berries, mangoes, peaches, and nectarines in season and store in the freezer, chopped up for later use and I can be sure where they have come from.”
Below, I have listed a large list of produce that is currently in season and in a prime state for consumption. Take a look, then get to your local Farmers Market!
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