At each season/month of the year, there are periods of time that fruit and veg is at its freshest. This is called ‘What’s in season’ Each season and month offers an amazing array of perfectly fresh fruit and veg that and By knowing what’s in season you will be getting the best and most out of your produce. Its May and there are so many reason to buy produce that’s in season. Products that are out of season but still sold are not as half as good for you as those that are in season and sold in season as well as avoiding overseas contamination.
Here are some other reasons to buy in season:
- More environmentally friendly– Eating seasonally reduces the demand for out of season produce which further supports more local produce and supports local farming in your area which means less transportation, less refrigeration, less hot houses, and less irradiation of produce.
- Supports Your Body’s Natural Nutritional Needs– In winter we are provided by nature all things citrus, these are particularly high in Vitamin C which is very important for preventing infections such as colds and flu’s. Winter vegetables offer comfort and are perfect for hot meals, healthy stews, soups, casseroles and other warming meals.Summer foods such as stone fruits provide us with extra beta-carotenes and other carotenoids that help protect us against sun damage, they also provide more sweetness for an energetic summer, as well as salad vegetables for those tasty cool summer salads.
- Fresher with a Higher Nutritional Value– Produce that is purchased in season is more likely to be fresher, consumed closer to harvesting and higher in nutritional value, some anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C, folate and carotenes will rapidly decline when stored for periods of time. Locally in-season sourced fruits and vegetables will also appear brighter and more vibrant rather than limp and dried up.Fruits and vegetables that are stored for long periods of time due to transportation or to be used at a later date have a reduction in phyto-nutrient content. Large markets and grocers may buy out-of -season produce that has been gassed, irradiated and preserved in wax to extend the shelf life.
- Avoids Overseas Contaminates-When fruits and vegetables are sourced overseas you can’t be sure what their regulations for pesticides, herbicides and fungicides are. Many countries across the globe have very relaxed laws about chemicals being sprayed on fruits and vegetables that other countries have banned due to their known harmful effects.Overseas agriculture may not regulate soil contamination tests to ensure land and soil quality.Some agricultural areas have been shown to have very high heavy metal and other toxic contaminants due to industrial sites inhabiting the same area.Health practices in some countries may leave a lot to be desired.
- Tastes Better–In-season produce is fresher and tastes better, sweater and perfectly ripe. When fruits and vegetables are picked for consumption that have been naturally ripened on the vine or the tree and harvested at the right time, it will have much more flavor and nutrition. Most people have experienced that super juicy perfectly sweet orange in winter or that crispy sweet pineapple in summer.When transporting crops, it must be harvested early and refrigerated so they don’t spoil during transportation; Then when they get to their destination they then may need to be heated in a hot house to artificially ripen the produce before it goes onto the shelves, this greatly reduces the flavor, changes the texture and the taste.
- Cheaper -When farmers are harvesting a large abundance of produce due to the crop being in season, the cost of the produce will go down. When the produce is locally sourced because it’s in season in your area, then travelling expenses and storage are not required therefore reducing the production costs that are then passed onto the consumer.When we buy produce that is out of season, it’s normally sourced from out of area locations that have a different climate and it can also be stored for long periods of time to offer people a variety of produce all year round, these factors will push the price up.
So here are some delicious and versatile fruits, veg and herbs that are the most yum in may:
- Pak Choi
- New Potatoes (coming in to season)
That’s a summary ingredient list! So sit back in the sunny garden with a delicious fresh salad,a refreshing mojito or pina colada and a tasty in-season Strawberry and Rhubarb crumble, and just enjoy the summer!
Our menu is changing from season to season to lean into the time of year. We always utilise what’s in season and make it the hero of a dish. The riddler strives to use the freshest ingredients to produce the most delicious food for our customers. How are we doing so far?? We’d love to see you with us, book today! Check out our blog for June here: What’s in season: June