Cookbook: Seasonal food
- It makes less of a negative impact on our earth.
- When foods are in season, they are the most plentiful and will be far cheaper than when they are scarce locally and have to be flown from halfway around the world.
- You’ll have a greater choice in foods.
You might assume that aiming to eat whatever is in season from month to month will limit your choice and leave you feeling deprived. But, bizarrely, you may find the exact opposite is true. By trying to buy seasonally, you may end up selecting unfamiliar foods and actually introducing greater variety into your diet. Despite the wide choice offered by supermarkets all year round, most people have slowly been reducing the range of foods they eat. With the same fruits and vegetables constantly found on the shelves, we have become less adventurous, sticking to what is familiar and producing a virtually identical shopping list week after week. Tomatoes, zucchinis, lettuces, broccoli, and apples go into the cart regardless, and meals begin to follow a rigid pattern.
Cooking with seasonal foods doesn’t mean you have to cook with only seasonal foods. You can find a balance between what’s local and seasonal and what’s not. However, once you start adding seasonal, local foods into your menus, I bet you’ll find yourself adding more and more.
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