Updated: Feb 24, 2019
All of the produce on this platter is currently in season. Which makes this a perfect opportunity to share all the reasons why eating seasonally is so important.
Nutrient content is better in season
When plants are picked when ripe and fully developed, they contain maximal nutrient content.
Anyone who has tried tomatoes in the summer vs the winter can understand this. Produce undeniably tastes better when it’s in season.
Supply and demand, baby. When things are in season and abundance, prices go down.
Eating seasonally allows you to buy local and support your community farmers.
Eating seasonally means you are eating whole foods which is always better for your health than packaged or processed items.
There is an environmental price tag on shipping food that is not grown in your local climate.
Variety is the spice of life
Have you ever heard the phrase “eat the rainbow” or been told that our bodies can develop intolerances to things that we eat all the time? Well eating seasonally ensures that you are changing up your food choices which is not only good for your health, but also for your taste buds as it keeps meals interesting.
Living in harmony with nature
If you are someone who believes that there is a natural order to anything on this planet, then it should be easy to understand why eating seasonally makes sense. I love the book “The Jungle Effect” by Daphne Miller, MD. It speaks to this point in great detail, explaining why, for example, an Eskimo’s ideal diet is different than a Jamaican’s ideal diet. What type of climate, ecosystem & ancestral heritage we live in, or have, impacts our nutritional needs and is an important reason why there is not one best diet that everyone can agree upon.