A Guide to Seasonal Foods
You’ve probably heard about how we should all be buying and eating fresh fruit and vegetables when they’re in season, but these days, most of them are available all year round, so why does it matter?
For starters, seeking out foods when they’re in season will make you think more carefully about what you’re eating and encourage you to try a wider variety of foods. Chances are, non-seasonal fruit and vegetables have had to be flown in (often from the other side of the world, so there’s also an impact on the environment) or they may have been harvested much earlier and kept in cold storage. The longer something takes to reach your table from the time it was harvested, the more nutrients are lost, and the flavour of the food may also have suffered. On top of that, food flown in from afar, or grown out-of-season in greenhouses will most likely cost you more.
Of course, not all fruit and vegetables are grown in Ireland, and that shouldn’t mean you can’t eat them. As a rule, the closer to home it’s grown, the fresher it’s likely to be. Keep your eye on prices – when things become cheaper, they’re usually in season. Eating home-grown produce is also a great way to support our local farmers and fishers, so it you’ve got a farmer’s market nearby, pay it a visit! Here’s a guide to home-grown fruit and veg and when they are in season…