Wanna get more flair-n-flavor from your fruits-n-veggies?
Eating produce that’s in season means your meals will be tastier (and healthier) than ever, all while saving the earth and the other green stuff in your wallet.
Eating What’s in Season: A Super-Smart Choice
Why This Matters
- Seasonal produce tastes better because it’s allowed to ripen naturally instead of being picked prematurely to ship –sometimes thousands of miles.
- Buying local and seasonal means reduced transportation, eliminating the chemicals used to preserve the produce and the energy required to refrigerate it.
- Eating what’s in season means eating what’s in abundance, so therefore the prices are usually lower.
Did You Know?
Bell peppers with four bumps on the bottom are considered female and ones with three bumps are male (pepper-pro tip: the latter has fewer seeds).
On a Personal Note
I confess – I somehow turned 40 without ever learning how to cook. I blame living in NYC with access to hundreds of great carry-out or delivery options. Where we live now though, we don’t have that “luxury” and so I’m finally learning . . . gratefully with the help of the show’s expert chefs.
Ready to Try?
- Watch the episode to get the scoop on why seasonal eating makes all types of sense.
- Peruse seasonal cooking blogs for recipes that fit your lifestyle–naturallyella.com is one we love, which focuses on a plant based diet, supports local, seasonal faire and is full of mouthwatering food porn.
- Find ways to use the seasonal ingredients you have on hand by using apps like the free allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner (best part: home screen opens to a list of “In Season” recipes).
Our Fresh Pick
In order to cook, you gotta have a great skillet, right? By now you’ve heard of the dangers of Teflon. If you didn’t win the lottery and thus are skipping the in Le Creuset cast iron cookware for now, EarthPans are a fantastic green alternative ($29 / 10” skillet).
A Deeper Dig
To really get your seasonal chef hat on, don the best seasonal cookbook we’ve found which features a nice spiral-binding for easy counter-top placement and beautiful photography that accompanies recipes that don’t overwhelm.