Any guess what kale, brussel sprouts and turnips have in common? While I’d potentially suggest all three as ingredients for a kale smoothie, I’m guessing that is not the answer you’re willing to accept!
Kale, brussel sprouts and turnips, among others, are all considered winter produce. Various studies suggest eating seasonally is a reasonable way to fulfill our body’s necessary nutrients throughout the year. I often think about how coincidental it seems that oranges are abundant during flu season, when we need a boost of vitamin C the most. Humans used to have to rely on available food sources during each season, which today may seem unfathomable given the ease of access to imported produce.
With a seemingly unlimited number of choices in the store year-round, it may seem daunting to narrow down your choices. Regardless of your personal views on eating seasonally, it certainly supports your local economy and your wallet if you follow these simple tips.
1. Find a local farmer’s market. Any produce found here indicates it as in-season and locally grown. Even better – you’ll know exactly where the food came from.
2. While it may not be realistic for you to shop at a farmer’s market year-round, an easy tip to remembering foods in season when you’re at the store is to look for the sale items. You will notice that summer produce (berries, avocados or tomatoes) will spike in price during the off season, and winter produce, such as spaghetti squash. will be comparatively inexpensive.
3. Still unsure of what to look for? Look here for a great guide on seasonal fruits and veggies based on your geographic area.
4. The website Eat Seasonably shared a fun graphic (below) to display seasonal produce throughout the year, which you can easily print out and store in your kitchen. Check out the site for additional tips, recipes and resources on the topic.