Up until a few years back, we had to wait for a certain season to enjoy the fruits that would arrive with that particular season. Now, thanks to advancements in science and technology, it is easily possible to find nearly every kind of fruit the year round.
Though having a constant supply of all kinds of fruit the entire year may be a blessing, it is still much better to eat fruits that are available locally and during the season in which they occur naturally.
There are quite a few reasons for this.
First of all, fruits that are in season, taste infinitely better compared to when they are grown out of season. The natural reaping and ripening of produce produces the kind of flavor and texture that no amount of advanced scientific food engineering can replicate.
Fruits that are in season are far more full of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals compared to out of season fruits as they are much more likely to be far more organic and less likely to have been subjected to pesticides and preservatives to increase longevity.
Seasonal fruit is far cheaper compared to out of season fruit. When fruit grows in season, it grows in large quantities and the relatively larger amounts of the crop make it much more affordable.
These reasons are essential to consider if you want your fruit to provide you with the kind of benefits it actually should. Buying locally grown seasonal fruit is the way to go if you are looking for taste and nutrition at affordable prices.
Every season brings with it its own seasonal fruits. Some seasonal fruits according to the different seasons are:
Rhubarb is a good example of fruit that occurs during spring. Valencia oranges also actually ripen during the spring.
Quite possibly the best time for fruit harvest, summer is when most fruits are at their peak. The list of summer fruits includes many types such as apricots, cherries and peaches. Melons like cantaloupe and honeydew also ripen during summer as do most berries such as blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries.
The most popular fruit in the world, the apple, is the main representative of the fruits that make an appearance during the fall. Although nothing says fall like an abundance of apples everywhere, other well-known and popular fruits such as grapes, pears and persimmons are also fall fruits.
Even a relatively harsh season such as winter brings with it fruits such as Clementine oranges, grapefruit, pommelos, kiwi and kumquats.
Eating seasonal fruits shouldn’t be that difficult. Just keep a lookout on knowing what’s in season and stick to that. Seasonal fruit is not only far superior in taste and nutrition but is also easy on the wallet and supports local growers and producers.
There are countless advantages of the advancements in food science. However, when it comes to produce, keep in mind that eating seasonal is not only better for you, it is also better for your environment.