We often hear that it is important to eat foods that are in season, or to eat in accordance with the cycle of nature. There are a number of reasons for this including enhanced availability of nutrients, freshness of produce, flavour and supporting our local farmers. However due to modern agriculture and advanced farming practices, it can be difficult to tell when foods are actually in season given their year long availability.
For our fellow Aussie friends, we’ve created a series of seasonal fruity cocktail recipes to enjoy throughout Winter. For our friends on the other side of the world, we recommend doing some research to find out which fruits and vegetables are in season in your country… We’re confident we will have the perfect cocktail recipe for you to enjoy, too!
But first, let’s delve into 5 key reasons to eat seasonally…
1. It’s better for you.
There are a number of reasons why eating seasonally is better for your health. First of all, the produce is fresh. That means it hasn’t spent days (or sometimes even weeks) being transported to you from the other side of the world. Nutrients deplete quickly in fresh produce so it is best to consume fruit / veg within a few days of harvest.
As well, to ensure that the food being imported still looks acceptable, the fruits and vegetables are often laden with pesticides, waxes and preservative. This can be deceiving as sometimes the produce that appears the freshest in your local supermarket is actually quite the opposite.
2. Tastes better.
Freshness of produce not only boosts nutritional value of fruits and vegetables but it also enhances the flavour. Think about taking a bite into an apple… Sometimes they are sweet and crisp and other times they are a soft with a more floury texture. Chances are when you’ve taken a bite into that particularly delicious apple, you were eating one that was recently harvested.
3. Supporting local farmers.
Buying seasonal produce supports local farmers who choose ethical farming methods. This also helps the environment by reducing the amount of international transportation required, thereby reducing the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into our planet.
Because local produce doesn’t have to travel great lengths to reach us, this is generally reflected in the cost. The price can be used as an indicator of what produce is actually in season. That is, if a punnet of berries comes with a crazy price tag, you can almost guarantee it has traveled from afar.
5. It’s a fun way to shop!
The ritual of shopping at local farmers markets on the weekend is a fun and exciting way to shop. It is fascinating speaking to the local farmers who are so passionate about what they do and the produce they sell. It is also fun to let the produce inspire the recipes you try for the season ahead. Shopping at farmers markets is also much easier on your wallet.
To use as a guide, here is a list of fruit and veg that are in season throughout Australian Winter:
Now we know why it is so beneficial to consume produce that is local and seasonal, you can now enjoy these cocktails that are rich in nutrients, bursting with flavour, easy on your wallet and of course, embrace the freshest local fruits.