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Eating in Season this Spring

A wide assortment of fresh produce in wooden boxes displayed at a farmer’s market

Spring has sprung! As the weather gets warmer, we can expect different fruits and vegetables to come into season near us. Eating in season has become increasingly popular and for good reasons. There are many benefits to eating in season fruits and vegetables for our health, community, and wallet! If you have ever considered prioritizing in season produce or want to learn more about them, now is a great time to do so!

Here are some reasons to eat in season produce:

1. It tastes better and is more nutrient dense.

One of the most important reasons for choosing in season produce is the taste! If you have ever tried in season produce, then you will know that it tastes fresh, sweet, and delicious. This is because produce that is locally grown usually has a higher chance of reaching its full ripeness before being picked than produce that has been shipped from other areas. Eating produce that is at that prime ripeness improves taste greatly.

Choosing in season produce also means that you are choosing the produce with the most nutrients! A study by the International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition found that vitamin C content was twice as high in broccoli that was grown in season rather than the broccoli grown out of season. We also know that produce ages when it is being transported and can lose some of its vitamins and minerals during this process. Therefore, there are more vitamins and minerals in these fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables that can help to keep you healthy and nourished!

2. It’s better for the environment.

Much of the produce found in your local grocery store has been grown in a variety of places around the world. This is wonderful because it allows us to have different types of fruits and vegetables all year round regardless of where we live. However, the production and transportation of that produce can negatively impact on our environment.