Why Seasonal produce?

As you may know, I am passionate about eating seasonally. In fact it is my mission here at The Modern Mess to encourage you to be a great seasonal home cook.

Eating seasonally means eating what grows naturally outside around where you live at a particular time of the year.

As I live in New Zealand, there are a few exceptions to this rule. Bananas, they don’t grow here but bananas seem to be a household staple. For me, Pomegranates, I just love them and they appear here in the shops around Christmas and they are just so pretty. I can however report that we have planted two Pomegranate trees in our garden so, who knows, I may be able to cross this one off the list! Pineapples and Mangos are also favourites that also don’t grow here.

Also in New Zealand, some things grow better in other parts of the country than others. Kumara, stone fruit, citrus, avocados etc… As long as it’s from New Zealand, I’m in!

Anyway, here are 6 reasons why you should eat seasonally

  1. Flavour - Fruit and vegetables that are allowed to fully ripen in the sun taste so much better! The flavour of a tomato picked straight off the vine or an apple picked straight off the tree is incomparable to one grown in Winter indoors or cold stored for 6 months.

  2. Value - Fruit and vegetables that are plentiful at a particular time of year are always going to be cheaper. An abundance of a particular fruit or vegetable will bring the price down as growers would rather sell there produce than not at all.

  3. Higher nutritional value - Plants get their nourishment from the sun and soil. Seasonally fresh produce is picked when they are ripe and fully developed. The produce has had more sun exposure, which means it will have higher levels of antioxidants!

  4. It’s FRESH - Local and seasonal produce, especially at your local farmers market is picked a few days before you are about to buy it. This means it lasts much longer than supermarket produce that sits in cool stores or on the shelf. And much longer than produce that is flown over from the other side of the world.

  5. Better for the environment - Seasonal produce is more likely to be grown without human assistance. So less chemical herbicides and pesticides. Plus less food miles!

  6. Community connection - Getting to know who grows your produce is such a wonderful thing. It helps support local agriculture, reduce food miles and bring communities together. It also helps spread the knowledge of growing produce.