What's in season?

(This post was first published in our newsletter 4.11)

Why is it important to eat vegetables and fruit that are in season? Because it's kinder to the environment and it tastes so much better. 

Today I wanted to talk about eating food that's in season, which is always a more environmentally conscious and tastier choice. The idea with eating fruit and vegetables that are in season is that it doesn't put a big strain on nature, you can eat vegetables that are local and haven't traveled that far to get to your supermarket. This doesn't apply to tomatoes that might have been grown in a greenhouse right next to your cold wintery nordic home, they will probably use more energy and natural resources than if they were grown in a an environment that's suitable to them.

The point is to be aware of where your food comes from, and ask yourself if it is necessary to eat fresh strawberries all year around?

Now we're no saints of course, an occasional exotic fruit finds it's way home to us (with the all too regular avocado always finding it's way into your grocery bag), but the important thing is to try to eat mostly seasonal and local produced food, and to be aware of what is local and seasonal.

And whenever you can, and have the choice, to choose the locally grown version even if it is slightly more expensive. 

When you eat organic food the vegetables and fruit isn't sprayed with toxic chemicals, it is sprayed - but the toll on nature is not as huge as non organic. Also is heavily regulated which means that the farmers can't do what ever is cheapest for them. When you buy items that are in season, that means the food hasn't been artificially grown in a temperature or soil that's unnatural for it, and that it hasn't travelled across the world to be on your plate. 

Here's a short list of a few food items that are in season right now to help you on your way! This list is for the nordic countries only, so if you're from another part of the world please comment on this post and we can try to help you find what's in season where you live. Remember, this is just a sampling of what's in season now, but you can go a long way with just what's on this list.

In season right now:

  • Cauliflower

  • Broccoli

  • Brusselsprouts

  • Red onion

  • Onion

  • Jerusalem artichoke

  • Parsley

  • Carrot

  • Potato

  • Beet

  • Cabbage

  • Red cabbage

  • Pear

  • Apple

And here are a few meals you can make with beetscarrotspoatoesjerusalem artichokered cabbage and apple.

And if you feel like indulging yourself and not worrying about local food for a day, then make something with chocolate. Chocolate is good for you. 

Just remember to by Fair Trade labeled chocolate whenever you can.

So there, you should be all set for the coming week! Have a lovely weekend, you rock!

- Lotta