Why is a Seasonal Food Calendar Important?
If you are like me and feel like you’ve lost touch with what fruit and veg are in season and when, then Stop Food Waste have produced a handy Seasonal Food calendar that you can download and check in on every month.
Eating foods that are locally produced and in season can reduce the overall environmental impact of what we eat. These days, large food producers can grow food all year round which means supermarkets are not a very good indicator of what’s truly in season.
That’s where a seasonal food calendar can be very handy, telling you what’s in season each month.
If you need even more of an incentive, by shopping seasonally you can actually save yourself money too. But why buy seasonally? Why does it even matter?
It Tastes Better
Fruit and vegetables that are in season tend to be fresher and taste better. Think about this, in order to get a particular fruit to supermarkets, given the picking-to-shipping-to-delivery time, it needs to be harvested early and then refrigerated on its journey. Then sometimes the items are heated again on arrival to artificially ripen them.
When you buy something naturally ripened and harvested at the right time, there’s bound to be more flavour.
You’ll know this from having tasted e.g. tomatoes when on holiday somewhere that grows them locally, like Spain or Italy.
You Know Its Provenance
When you buy locally and in season you are avoiding scenarios of imported fruit or vegetables from another country which might have different rules on pesticides or even hygiene.