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EAT WITH THE SEASONS

MAGGIE O'MEARA

 

Are you looking for ways to eat the freshest produce and have the tastiest ingredients in your healthy meals? Try eating with the seasons! Seasonal food is not only more natural, but also more nutritious than food that is out of season. For example, pears are freshly harvested and picked at peak ripeness in the season of fall. Therefore, a pear is better tasting and more flavorful in the fall than a pear that has been unnaturally harvested or transported from long-distance in a different season such as spring. Studies have also shown that produce does contain more nutrients and antioxidants when it is grown in it’s natural season. Your body and taste buds will enjoy produce that is high in nutrition as well as full with great flavor!

 



Greece is a country that excels in using the freshest, seasonal produce. That is one of the reasons the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest diets in the world. Greeks make sure that their ingredients are quality, organic, and fresh-picked so that meals are enjoyed with friends and family at the table. It is not uncommon in Greece for produce to be picked from their garden in their backyard right before cooking or even running to the farmer’s market right before cooking for some seasonal fruits and vegetables. Don’t settle for non-nutritious, convenient, and unseasonal food. Aim for peak freshness for exceptional health and wellness!

 

So what are some ways to eat seasonally? Most seasonal produce can be found from local farmers at your nearby farmer’s market (https://www.ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/farmersmarkets). Or get involved in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program in your area and get seasonal, local food delivered to you (https://www.ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/csas). Additionally, when planning out your meals for the week and before grocery shopping, make sure to check this seasonal produce guide first:

 

  

 

 

Seasonal Produce Guide

Spring

  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Chard
  • Cauliflower
  • Green Beans
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Salad greens
  • Spinach
  • Onion

 

Summer

  • Avocados
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Herbs
  • Kale
  • Zucchini
  • Apricots
  • Berries
  • Cherries
  • Figs
  • Melon
  • Peaches
  • Plums

 

Fall

  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Peppers
  • Pumpkins
  • Cranberries
  • Pears
  • Grapes
  • Pomegranates

 

Winter

  • Acorn Squash
  • Butternut Squash
  • Collard Greens
  • Kale
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Winter squash
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Oranges
  • Beets

 

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