As a fruit or vegetable is harvested, the nutritional breakdown begins. Many vitamins present in the fruits or vegetables before harvest are highly unstable and are depleted after a few days. Buying produce at the peak of the season it is grown in means 100% freshness, with all the vitamins and minerals are available to nourish your body! Studies have shown that some crops can have up to three times more nutrients when eaten in the season in which is harvested.
We all are looking for ways to spend less money on food. Choosing to eat foods that are in season means the foods we eat are more abundant and more affordable for our budgets. Often there will be a special sale on seasonal produce because there is simply too much of it and the grocery stores has to get rid of it. Eating seasonally also means we buy local by shopping at our farmers' markets and supporting local farmers and suppliers. By doing so our food does not have to be shipped from other countries and that helps with lowering cost as well.
Spring is an exciting season. It's a time of rebirth and because so many crops are changing from winter crops to spring crops including strawberries, beets, dandelion greens, avocados, asparagus, collards, arugula, kale, spinach, snow peas, fennel, sage, oranges, kumquats, mint, cilantro, cabbage just to name a few. You will enjoy a greater variety of ingredients, fruits and vegetables in your diet while eating seasonally.
So go ahead, eat for a reason and make the commitment to eat in season and look forward to having things at their freshest and best. It's time to reconnect with nature's cycle which will help create a healthier and happier you!