The seasonal eating movement has become a bit of a trend in recent years, along with the veganism boom. But this way of eating is more than just a passing fad – it’s an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of your body and the planet. Once you begin to see the benefits of eating the right foods at the right time of year, you’ll never look back!
So, what exactly does seasonal eating involve? Honestly, it’s pretty simple. You don’t need to start frequenting overpriced restaurants or become an expert gardener! It’s about eating foods that are grown and harvested at the same time of year that you buy them. There’s something really special about going back to our roots and eating in tune with nature – after all, it’s how we survived for thousands of years.
Still unsure? Read on for my guide to the tastiest autumn vegetables along with six (pretty convincing) reasons as to why you should be eating seasonally – plus, I’ve included the recipe for my famous roasted root vegetable salad with homemade garlic dressing. Don’t say I never do anything for you.
Go ahead and nourish your body with some fresh seasonal produce this autumn, and prepare to reap the benefits!
Why Should We Eat Seasonally?
It Tastes Better
You know how a tomato eaten straight off the vine tastes way better than one from a supermarket? When food is grown out of season, it often has to travel a long distance – it could spend hours or even days spent sitting in a truck. A lot of the flavour is lost on the journey, which is why eating locally and seasonally is much better for your taste buds!
It’s More Nutritious
It’s not just the flavour that’s compromised when you eat foods that are out of season. Sometimes, produce is picked early and then artificially ripened. Many of the essential nutrients aren’t given time to develop, so you’re missing out on a ton of vitamins. Along with the taste, many nutrients are also lost on the long journey to the supermarket. When you buy what’s in season, you’re pretty much guaranteed the healthiest, most delicious option!
It’s Better For The Environment
All these trucks travelling up and down the country aren’t that great for the planet. You can do your part to reduce road emissions by shopping at markets close to home. Local farmers may also use more sustainable farming methods than larger companies and you’ll often be able to chat with them face-to-face to learn more about their practices. Plus, it’s a great way to support small businesses!
Have you ever tried to buy a mango in the middle of winter? Firstly, it’s pretty much impossible. Secondly, it costs a fortune! I totally understand cravings – it’s so frustrating to feel like you need a certain fruit or vegetable, only to find it’s out of season. It’s worth waiting, though: seasonal produce cost farmers less to harvest, meaning they can sell it at cheaper prices. Good for the farmers and great for your wallet!
I find that my body has different needs depending on the time of year, and yours will too! During summer we stay cool with hydrating cucumbers and strawberries, and warm up in winter with cooked root vegetables. Eating seasonally is a way to naturally give your body what it needs, without really having to think about it!
It’s More Interesting
When you eat the same foods all year round, it can start to feel a little stale. I love updating my fridge with fresh ingredients, and when you eat seasonally every change in the weather brings a brand new recipe to try! Now I look forward to every new season – there’s rhubarb and asparagus in spring, cherries and tomatoes in summer, pumpkin and turnips in autumn, squash and carrots during the winter. I can’t imagine eating any other way!
If this post has made you hungry, check out my ‘Roasted Root Vegetable Salad with Garlic Dressing‘ recipe – the perfect meal for this time of year!