Many people are interested in eating seasonally. Certainly, many restaurants are now often gearing their menus to what ingredients are seasonally available. There are many reasons why eating seasonally is a good idea. For one thing, the produce is fresh, which makes a big difference in nutritional quality of the food. Locally grown food does not have to be transported long distances, which means it is fresher and also probably safer to eat than food that is imported and has to be delivered from one site to another. It is also bets to harvest fruit when they are ripe rather than do so early and artificially ripen the fruit elsewhere. The other advantage is that you can try to grow your own fruit and vegetables, where possible. This way you will know the quality of the food you are eating.
A seasonal diet also helps to ensure that people get a wide range of nutrients during the year. Not only are fruits and vegetables that are in season packed full of the most nutrients, but they also therefore taste better, and often cost less to buy since there is likely to be a surplus of the fruit or vegetable if it is during the growing season.
Every vegetable and fruit has a specific time of the year when it is at its optimum. The idea is to harvest and eat these produces when they are at their best, in other words, while they’re in season in the UK. There are many types of fruits and vegetables that you can find at any time of the year in the UK, which means that there is not really an excuse to not eat seasonally. For instance, the fruits and vegetables that are in season in July are cherries, curly lettuce and cucumber. Of course, there’s also greenery that is in season in January, for instance, beetroot, apples, Brussels sprouts, carrots and cabbage and onions.
Grow Your Own
A great way to eat seasonally in the UK is to have your own vegetable garden. You can either grow veggies from small plants or from seeds. Growing from seeds will be cheaper but obviously it will take longer and may be difficult, since you have to carefully plant the seeds and not all seeds in the packet may be viable and able to grow.
The other option is to grow vegetables from small potted plants. You can buy a tray of small plants to replant into your vegetable garden. This option may be more expensive than buying seeds, but the advantage is that you have an already established plant.
Once you have your vegetable garden up and running, you can plant what is in season and easily have your own home-grown vegetables. You can also be certain that these greens will not be tainted by chemicals like pesticides or bacteria such as E. coli, since they are coming straight out of the soil of your garden.