We are deep into spring at this point, which means that everything that is “in season” during spring is truly in season right now. Here’s a nice list of the fruits and vegetables that are at peak harvest time during the spring.
Red Leaf Lettuce
So what exactly does in season mean? It basically means that these fruits and vegetables make it to the grocery store at peak freshness and just after harvest. They reach maturity during the time of year you buy them, and you’re getting them as fresh as you possibly can without actually growing them yourself. This impacts both taste and nutrient levels. Fruits and vegetables experience less nutrient deterioration the closer they are eaten to the time they are harvested.
In season also means that your purchases come a little cheaper. It costs less for farmers and distribution companies to harvest and take directly to a grocer than it does to store foods. That cost savings comes back to you! If the food is in season, it can be grown closer to where you live, which means shorter transits and again, lower costs.
One final benefit of eating in season is that doing so forces you to explore. Instead of buying the same things over and over, you’re more likely to branch out and try different foods. I highly recommend it. You never know, you might just fall in love with a food you didn’t even know existed!
Let me know in the comments if you stumble upon any new favorites this spring.