Why eat seasonal food? There are many reasons! But to name a few of the best: better taste, more nutrients, variety, more cost-effective. On top of that, try eating local and organic produce when you can (keep this list on you while shopping: dirty dozen). Reasons for that include: more nutritional value (the longer something is sitting on a truck… the less fresh and nutritional it will be), the limitation of GMOs and pesticides you’re ingesting as well as reducing your carbon footprint… not to mention, in doing so, you are hopefully supporting local farms! I also believe that certain seasonal produce is not just in season due to the weather conditions… but because that’s what our body needs at this time. As an example, I suffer from allergies in the spring (mainly from dust!) and eating citrus every morning is super helpful in keeping my immune system up with the additional vitamin C.
Below is your shopping list! Happy shopping, cooking, and eating… oh and, HAPPY SPRING! Recipes to come featuring some of these ingredients…
leeks, scallions, avocado (whoops… actually a fruit), artichoke, asparagus, green beans, carrots
oranges, grapefruit, strawberries
lemongrass, dill, chives, parsley
Vitamins & nutrition
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