We’re spoiled for choice in the modern supermarket; we can get our favorite fruits and veggies all year round, even though they might be a bit more more expensive.
When we see fruit and veges out of season, they’re likely to have been in cold storage for an extended period of time – either from when they were in season, or during transport from somewhere with a different climate. The longer you wait to eat something from when it’s been picked/harvested, the lower the vitamin and mineral content will be. The type of vegetables that are in season also match up to what our body needs during that season – we crave the stodginess of root vegetables during winter, and the hydrating effect of summer fruit during the warmer months.
While we inherently understand that fruits and vegetables have seasons (even if we can buy them at any time), it’s important to remember that other types of food have seasons as well. Free range eggs tend to drop in quality somewhat during the autumn and winter, when there are less grubs and grasses for the chickens to eat. Cheese is at its best when it’s made during times when cows, goats, sheep etc would naturally be feeding their babies (so spring milk, summer and autumn ripe cheeses).
When planning your meals and shopping lists, think about what’s in season, or at its best. Seasonal food is often cheaper, as well as better for you. If you love your cheese, maybe try out some nut or coconut cheeses during the off months (MyLife BioCheese is a fantastic coconut based vegan cheese with a taste and texture very similar to “block” cheeses like Edam or cheddar) – same goes for milk. You’ll find you feel much better.