Hey guys and happy Monday!
Today I'm bringing you a simple guide to eating seasonally, because sometimes it can be hard to tell what's in season and what isn't. Especially with the abundance of different fruits and veggies in supermarkets, it can be rather deceiving! So here are a few little things you can look out for to help you make sure you're buying seasonal produce.
If you'd like to know more about why eating seasonal and local produce is better for you and the planet you can check out my blog post on it here.
1. How Much Bang for Your Buck?
The cost of produce is a very easy way to help you determine whether or not something is in season. Produce that is in season is much cheaper than when its out of season, this is because it grows easily during its preferred season and there will be an abundance of the crop. For example, avocados during season are usually sold at about R25 for 3-4 avos, about R6 or R7 per avo. Where's avocados sold out of season are a whopping R24.99 per avo, that's basically what you would pay for 3 or 4 avos during season!
2. What's on the Shelves?
The next thing you can look at is what produce is available. Sometimes this can be easier to do at a local farmers market, where its pretty much guaranteed that all the produce is seasonal, but supermarkets generally tend to go with the trend of the seasons as well.
3. Location Can Be Key
Living in South Africa we are very lucky to be able to grow a lot of our fresh produce. The different micro climates in different parts of the countries allow all types of things to be grown. From tropical fruits like mangoes and papayas to watermelons, grapes, berries and cooler season fruits like apples, pears and oranges, we are fortunate to have pretty much all of our fruit grown within the country, as well as all our vegetables. This means that it's a lot easier for us to go with the natural seasons of nature and only buy seasonal produce as that is usually what is available in store and being grown. However countries, such as in Europe, where the climate is a lot colder, certain fruits and vegetables just can't be grown, and so have to be imported. The same goes for small countries that don't have lot of agricultural space. This means that shops provide a wide range of produce throughout the year, regardless of the season, with a lot of the produce being imported.
And there you go, 3 tips to help you on your way to buying the freshest, local, seasonal produce possible!
Happy shopping (and eating!)
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