By being mindful with your food choices, you’ll rep benefits of a varied diet as well as getting whole bunch of vitamins and mineral that your would might otherwise not of had.
By you doing your little bit for the planet, doesn’t involve you completely changing how you live or even your eating habbits, just a small, yet simple change like cutting out meat for 2 weeks out a month or shop locally (farmers markets) instead at large supermarkets.
Eating seasonal produce as nature intended, you not only helpping to support local businesses, you are also reducing your carbon emissions by almost a tonne a year.
Did you know? here in britain, only around 23% of our fruit and veg is eaten seasonaly; which means that the rest is imported from other counteries – this is not only very spendy, produce also loses vitamin and mineral during transport and storage. So by eating local produce will not only be a little cheaper -your bank balance will thank you later- it will also reduce your enviormental impact and you’ll be getting the most out of your food.
What Is It Meant By Eating Seasonally/How Do You Do It?
Basically, seasonal eating involves reconnecting with nature’s rhythms and only eat what harvest locally right now – meaning the produce will be fresher and packed with flavour, so no artifical flavours, fewer carbon emission…win,win!
It’s gotten so easy to grab whatever we fancy at our local and convientant 24hr supermarkets all year around, which has made us so used to having whatever types of produce, this causes a big disconnect with what’s in season and what’s not.
Ways To Eat Seasonally
Check the labels- When your out shopping in-store, take a look at the labels and see what orgin the produce comes from. This will help you to make an informed descision about what your are buying.
Have considered purchasing wonky fruit and veg – For some crazy reason, our food system prefers good looking produce rather than tasty and sustainability, this means that alot of prefectly nutritious food goes to waste every year -approx about 3 million tonnes of fruit and veg before it even leave the farm.
So the next time you going shopping, look out for wonky fresh produce (fruit & veg), you can make a positive import whilst still getting fresh ‘n’ tasty produce.
Shop at your local farmer’s market – By shopping at a local farmer’s market, means that you are supporting the local economy, climate and the opportunity to ask questions and find out what processes have been taken to grow and harvest your food.
Grow your own – You really don’t need to a large garden, allotment or even green fingers, instead all you need is a small outdoor space; like a balcony or windowsill. From kale to watercress, chillies to radishes, garlic to chives, tomatoes to carrots, micro green to edible flowers, you really can’t get more local than your very own windowsill.
What And When To Eat
SPRING – Carrot | Cauliflower | Cucumber | Asparogus | Curly Kale | Savoy Cabbage | Spring Onions | Watercress | Spinach | Gooseberries | Rhubard | Lamb | Purple Sprouting Brocoli
SUMMER – Broad Beans | Cauliflower | Beetroots | Carrots | Cucumber | Fennel | Courgettes | Peas | Garlic | New Potatoes | Green Beans | Lettuce & Salad Leaves | Runner Beans | Salad Onions | Squash | Tomatoes | Watercress | Blueberries | Elderflower | Figs | Plums | Raspberries | Strawberries
AUTUMN – Lettuce | Marrow | Field Mushrooms | Rocket | Potatoes | Pumpkins | Sweetcorn | Apples | Elderberries | Damsons | Pears | Plums | Sloes
Venison | Oyster | Brill | Grouse | Skate
WINTER – Cabbage | Carrots | Brussels Sprouts | Pears | Cauliflower | Curly Kale | Fennel | Leeks | Parnsips | Potatoes | Red Cabbage | Turnips | Apple
Goose | Turkey | Venison | Scallops | Partridge | Pheasant