It is a New Year so let’s kick start 2017 by eating the freshest foods available. That means buying as many things seasonal as possible. There isn’t a huge variety of vegetables and fruits grown and available in Scandinavia in January. Think root vegetables, citrus fruits and different cabbages.
- Brussel sprouts
- Citrus fruit
- Sweet potato
- Winter squash
The benefits go beyond your taste buds; not only is eating seasonally more delicious, but it’s also cheaper, better for the environment, and healthier.
- It Simply Tastes More Delicious!
A reduced carbon footprint, health benefits, and cost reduction are all great reasons to eat seasonally. But let’s face it, at the end of the day, we all just want to eat delicious food. In-season produce is fresher and tastes better. The flavors are stronger and more developed. The textures are as they were meant to be. When fruits and vegetables are picked for consumption that have been naturally ripened on the vine or the tree and harvested at the right time, it will have much more flavor and nutrition.
- It’s Cheaper
It’s pretty simple, really. Food is easier to grow in its appropriate season, making it more abundant, less time-intensive, and more affordable for consumers. When farmers are harvesting their produce due to the crop being in season, the cost of the produce goes down. When the produce is locally and seasonally sourced your area, travel expenses and unneeded storage costs helps reduce the production costs. When we buy produce, which is out of season, it’s normally sourced from locations that have a different climate. This means that the produce can be stored for long periods of time to offer people a huge variety all year round. These factors will push the price up.
- It’s better for the environment
Seasonal vegetables don’t have to travel as far to reach their destinations. This reduces the use of fuel for to transport the produce. You also avoid all the unwanted chemicals and wax coatings, that is usually used to make the produce last longer for transportation around the world. Eating seasonally also means less refrigeration and less hot houses. All of which add to our carbon foot print.
- Fresher and healthier
Certain produce can actually have up to three times more nutrients when grown in season. Three times!! Seasonal fruits and vegetables don’t have to undergo as much travel, and therefore lose as many vital nutrients. Seasonal produce is more likely to be both fresher, consumed closer to harvesting and higher in nutritional value. Some nutrients such as Vitamin C and folate will rapidly decline when stored for longer periods of time.
A simple, yet refreshing idea for a Winter salad
1/2 a beetroot l 1/2 a carrot l 2 handfuls of chopped kale l 1-2 mandarins l 1 teaspoon coconut oil
First, quickly sear the chopped kale on a pan in a teaspoon coconut oil – 1-2 minutes max. Then grate the carrots and the beetroot. Peel and slice the mandarins. Mix it all together and viola, your Winter salad is ready, juicy and vibrant!