Spring is here, which means an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables to choose from at your local grocer or farmer’s market. But before we provide you with a comprehensive list, let’s take a look at the potential benefits to eating seasonally.
Fruits and vegetables that are in season are typically lower in price at the grocery store and farmer’s markets, because vendors don’t have to worry about paying shipping costs to bring in these items from out of the country.
You Consume a Wider Variety of Foods
As a general rule, most of us eat the same handful of fruits and vegetables, because most options can be obtained from the grocery store at any point in the year, thanks to global shipping. Eating seasonal fruits and vegetables will provide a wider variety of options, thus expanding your normal palate.
In Season Produce Generally Tastes Better
Usually, when fruits and vegetables are at peak season, they taste better since they have naturally ripened and matured. Harvesting crops early for transportation might mean they don’t have the desired time to ripen while still growing on the plant. This can inhibit the flavor.
More Fruits and Vegetables Means Easier Weight Maintenance
The CDC maintains that eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, and including them in every meal, is a great way to maintain a healthy weight. Since eating seasonally could help you consume a wider variety of these nutritious foods, incorporating a portion of fruit or a vegetable with every meal can be fun as well as healthy.
So which fruits and vegetables are in season when? The USDA published a helpful list for all seasons, which you can find by clicking here. For spring specifically, here’s your list:
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