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5 Reasons Why We Should Be Eating In-Season and What Is In-Season Now?

5 Reasons Why We Should Be Eating In-Season and What Is In-Season Now?

Combe Grove Homegrown Carrots

Locally sourced and in-season vegetables are better for your health.

Studies have shown that food grown and consumed during their appropriate season are more nutritionally dense than when they are grown outside of this window.? According to Martin Kohlmeier in Nutrient Metabolism, prolonged storage and processing can hugely deplete Vitamin C contents in produce. When foods are grown out of season, they will generally struggle to ripen naturally. Therefore, for some farmers to continue growing certain produce all year round, postharvest treatments are used. This can include heat treatments, chemicals and even edible coatings to protect fruit and vegetables from moisture loss. Whilst these processes allow farmers to meet the demands of large-scale production, they may do so at the cost of the nutritional content in our food.

 

They taste so much better.

Have you ever noticed that strawberries grown in your garden in summer taste much sweeter than those bought in the supermarket in the winter? Since In-season produce is fresher, it is always going to taste more flavoursome. It will have been harvested at the perfect time for both flavour and nutritional benefits. When transporting crops, the produce will have to be refrigerated, tinned or frozen to keep it from spoiling. When refrigerating produce, the cold can damage the food, reduce nutrients or even stop it from ripening fully. Although freezing produce such as broccoli is a good way to preserve their nutrients, this does affect their taste. 

 

It’s better for the environment.

Food miles refer to the distance that produce has travelled from farm to plate. According to the BBC, the average Banana has travelled 5523 miles by plane before it reaches our fruit bowl whilst the average orange is carried 1714 miles by lorry. 

Buying local and in-season vegetables not only helps to prevent the environmental effects of long-distance travel, but it also supports businesses in your community and provides you with fresh, unfrozen local produce on your plate. Local produce is almost always organic (like the vegetables that are grown here at Combe Grove) so you can rest easy knowing that your food is less likely to contain food regulating chemicals. It may be worth researching farmers’ markets and farm shops in your local area providing a fresh, in-season vegetable box. There is something very comforting about knowing exactly where the food that you are putting in your body has come from and what it contains.

 

It is cost-effective.

Produce that is in season is more abundant and therefore, it can bring the price down in a case of supply and demand. When vegetables are out of season, there is travel, time in wages and more added expense to your product.? Going back to Strawberries, you may have noticed that they are much more expensive when bought in the winter months as they have had to be shipped from afar.

It is also important to note that locally grown food does not always mean that it is environmentally friendly. For instance, foods that do not naturally grow in the UK often require heated greenhouses, so it really is worth knowing exactly what is in season in the UK and when.

Combe Grove In-Season Produce

So, what is in season and when?

Winter

– Beetroots

– Carrots

– Brussel Sprouts

– Kale

– Leeks

– Winter Squash

– White/ red Cabbage

– Radishes

– Parsley

-Turnips

– Onions

– Swede

– Swiss Chard

– Parsnips

 

Spring

– Asparagus

– Red onion

– Carrots

– Cauliflowers

– Celeriac

– Gooseberries

– Rhubarb

– Cucumbers

– Curly Kale

– Broccoli

– Savoy Cabbage

– Sorrel Spinach

– Spring Onion

– Watercress

 

Summer

– Raspberries

– Strawberries

– Beetroot

– Carrots

– Cauliflowers

– Courgettes

– Plums

– Cucumber

– Fennel

– Fresh Peas

– Garlic

– Loganberries

– Green Beans

– Lettuce & Salad Leaves 

– New potatoes

– Radishes

– Runner Beans

– Salad Onions

– Squash

– Tomatoes

– Watercress

– Blueberries

– Currants 

 

Autumn

-Spinach

– Leek

– Turnips

– Apples

– Blackberries 

– Elderberries

– Pears

– Plums

– Sloes

– Pumpkin

– Lettuce

– Marrow 

– Potatoes

– Squashes

– Rocket

– Watercress

– Sweetcorn

– Mushrooms

 

Eating in-season produce can be great motivation to get creative with new recipes. In the coming months, we will be sharing some delicious Combe Grove recipes so sign up to our newsletter to get notified. If you enjoyed this post on 5 reasons why we should be eating in-season, head over to our Farm Shop to see what delicious vegetables we have available for click & collect.