As the seasons start to change, so does the availability of fresh produce. Choosing fruits and vegetables based on the season and local availability is a wonderful way to add flavor and nutrition to your diet. Keep reading for four benefits of cooking seasonally:
Flavor & Quality – Seasonally available fruits and vegetables are harvested at peak ripeness, which means they are fresher and more flavorful. When produce is allowed to ripen on the vine or tree, it usually results in better flavor and texture.
Affordability – Locally sourced produce that is in season for your area is likely to be abundantly available, which can lower the cost.
Nutrition Value – Seasonal fruits and vegetables are usually more nutrient-dense as they're allowed to fully develop before harvest. This type of produce tends to be rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which provides better nutrition for meals.
Support Local – When you shop for seasonal produce often, you are supporting local farmers, agriculture and businesses. This not only helps to boost your local economy, it also helps reduce the carbon footprint associated with long-distance transportation.
We hope you'll choose to consume seasonal produce this fall. For inspiration in selecting fall dishes to try, check out this list of recipes.
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