Seasonal food: why is it important?
Discover 4 reasons to buy and eat seasonal food
If we visit the
vegetables and fruit aisles in the supermarket, we will see that there is a
broad variety of fruits and vegetables outside their natural season. Due to our
exposure to this situation, we have not only forgot which are seasonal, and
which are not, but also the advantages of consuming food in its season. Here
you will find 4 reasons to buy and eat seasonal food.
1. Fresher: higher nutritional value and better taste
Transporting crops usually involves an early refrigeration to avoid their spoilage on the way towards their destination. When they reach their destination, they may need to be heated to force them to artificially ripen before reaching the market. This process reduces the flavour, changes the texture and the taste of the products.
Moreover, some antioxidants such as Vitamin C, folate and carotenes rapidly decline when vegetal products are stored for long periods of time.
However, when fruits and vegetables are harvested at the right time, like in the case of seasonal foods; they preserve better their nutritional properties, flavour and aromas. This is because they have grown in their most favourable climate and have been able to complete their natural cycle without being forced to be ready for consumption earlier than they should.