In this section, we have organized fruits and vegetables into four groups, corresponding to the four seasons for your ease of use. However, since the growing periods do not correspond exactly to the seasons, there may be variations due to the region, the weather conditions, and the market, particularly during the periods of transition from a season to another.
Why should we eat fruit and vegetables in season?
There are plenty of advantages from choosing in season and as far as possible locally grown fruit and vegetables:
- they have a better taste
- they are more environmental-friendly
- they are cheaper
And let me add the pleasure of appreciating what is available at present, waiting for what you will be enjoying a few months later.
What fruit and vegetables are available now where you live? What kind of plants are grown locally? What is in season now? Wherever you are, the answer to all these questions will help you to choose for a more sustainable lifestyle.
When you go to the grocery store you find an abundance of vegetal products coming from almost all over the world. Before going, make sure to prepare a list of what is produced as close as possible to where you live. Also, inform you on what is in season and try to limit your buys to it. You will have a lighter environmental footprint than if you bought exotic fruit, while enjoying the flavors of the season.
If you want to know what is in season right now where you live, you can search the Internet where you will find many awesome produce calendars. Or, even better, ask a local producer. You can also subscribe to a local community and have an organic vegetable basket delivered to you every week. This system, called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and Association pour le Maintien de l’Agriculture Paysanne (AMAP) in France, connects the producer and consumers, providing certified organic foods and supporting local farmers.
So, let’s enjoy the seasons, choosing local and organic food as much as possible.