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Best To Eat In Season

Everyone wants to eat enough healthy fruits and vegetables. And the best time to eat them, is when they’re in season. That’s when the fruits and vegetables are at their peek, nutritionally. Personally I eat organic, non GMO as well as try to eat by the seasons. This way I get the best nutrition I can from the food I eat.  You will alway have a variety of fruits and vegetables to choose from, every season.

In season during the heat of Summer: Apples, Avocados, Basil, Bell Peppers, Berries, Carrots, Cherries, Cilantro, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Figs, Garlic, Grapes, Green Beans, Mangoes, Nectarines, Peaches, Peppers, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Watermelon and Zucchini. Everything else is imported, warehoused, green housed or from hydroponics. No thanks.

Out Of Season

It’s not always easy to eat in season, because  a lot of foods are available out of season. I like apples a lot, and they’re the one thing I do eat out of season. Mostly because they can be imported from other countries, where they are in season. But occasionally, I’ll get apples that have obviously been stored for later sale. They’re a huge disappointment to say the least. And of course, I know I’m not getting the nutritional value from them that I want. Fortunately, apples are in season during the sumer months in great abundance and variety! So eat up and enjoy them!

Imported Foods

The issue I have with the imported produce, is that I don’t honestly know how they were grown. When they say organic, what does that really mean? Are there pesticides used in their neighbors fields or orchards? Basically, I just don’t know exactly what I’m getting. Unless the supplier guarantees them to be up to the highest organic standards. And you you won’t get that kind of guarantee, in a grocery store. At least I’ve never ran across one that did. As long as the supplier says it’s organic, that’s good enough for them. Ans as far as the suppliers are concerned, if the farmers tell them it’s grown organic, that’s good enough for them. We have checks and balances here in the USA. Laws that say what is and what is not organic. These laws do not apply to imported produce, because there’s no way to enforce them. So like I said earlier; I just don’t know exactly what I’m getting.

On-Line Shopping

I shop on-line for a lot of food and am very choosy about what I buy locally at the grocery stores. Yes you can buy fresh produce on-line. I get mine shipped by truck to me, along with a lot of other people. The company I choose to shop with is called Azure. There are others out there but I’ve found Azure to be the best for price and quality. I get fresh and frozen foods from them. Not only organic, but also gluten free and other things that are not as easily found locally. Some of the things they carry I can find locally at HyVee. So I compare prices. Azure is almost always far less expensive. Even with the shipping costs, which have never been high on any of my orders. You can safely buy quality organic food, even if you can’t find it at your local grocery store.

I hope this is helpful for you, in choosing vegetables and fruits in season.

 

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This article has 11 comments

  1. Hey, Becka….

    I do agree that eating produce grown locally and in-season is a heck of a lot healthier for you than the alternatives. You know where the food comes from and how it is grown. (If you grow at least some of it yourself, it’s even better. Sometimes you can set up trades.)

    We are fortunate because we do have many farmer’s markets happening and because the interest in good food is exceptional in a community with a culinary school that is part of the university campus here on Maui.

    Also, our growing seasons are probably longer than in more temperate areas and, depending on what you are looking for, you can often find locally-grown stuff year-round here. A lot of our “common” fruits and vegetables would probably be considered “exotic” elsewhere.

    The only problem is sometimes you really WANT to have stuff that just doesn’t grow well here. I mean, who wouldn’t want the delectable white peach or the awesome tart apple or the juicy grape? Our climate and mix of bugs and plant problems just don’t support those good things. So…while much of the food on my table are grown locally, the other stuff still do make guest appearances.

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  2. This truly is a timely post. We eat watermelon during the summer. I constantly try to get my wife to understand that just because the local grocer sells watermelon in the little containers throughout the year doesn’t make it quality. We generally travel to our hometown (3 hours away) every other weekend to visit our families. During the summer there is a man who brings fruits and vegies over from SC and sells them from his truck. This is far and away the best time to get watermelon. So, we will grab two when we see him on our way back home. I totally agree that there is something to eating fruits and vegetables in season both for quality of nutrients and the overall taste.

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  3. This truly is a timely post. We eat watermelon during the summer. I constantly try to get my wife to understand that just because the local grocer sells watermelon in the little containers throughout the year doesn’t make it quality. We generally travel to our hometown (3 hours away) every other weekend to visit our families. During the summer there is a man who brings fruits and vegies over from SC and sells them from his truck. This is far and away the best time to get watermelon. So, we will grab two when we see him on our way back home. I totally agree that there is something to eating fruits and vegetables in season both for quality of nutrients and the overall taste.

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  4. I liked your post. I try to give my little ones as much fruit and vegetables as possible, especially during the summer when we eat light meals. And yes, I do try to buy organic products, but that is not always easy, especially when you compare prices.
    I agree that there is a lot of choice of fresh fruit and vegetables during the summer months, but what organic produce will you recommend to have during the cold and winter months? That is what has always been harder for me.
    Thank you.
    Ellie

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    • I will post the list of what is in season as the seasons change. I hope that will be helpful to everyone. Check back with me as the seasons change to keep updated, OK?

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  5. Thanks for the review about vegetables. I also eat a lot of vegetables, but sometimes I buy hydroponic vegetables. Some of hydroponic vegetables are even labeled as organic. I noticed that you said you never eat hydroponics. Is there a specific reason for that? What’s wrong with hydroponics? Are they unhealthy?

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    • The reason I don’t generally like hydroponic vegetables is, they’re lower in nutrition. The way they’re grown forces them to grow fast and plump, with little thought given to their nutritional value. It’s about the “look” of the produce. Unfortunately that’s the way the greater farming community has been going in this country for a long time. Hydroponics is just the next step. Bigger is better, regardless the fact they may be less nutritious. The fertilizers they use are a joke. Those grown in the ground and given plenty of good old fashioned compost to feed them, are the best.

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  6. Yes, I remember a nutritionist once saying to me that it is better to eat according to the seasons. It’s not always easy, but I can see that it is a good goal to aim for. You mention apples, and I have heard that apples that are intended for export are stored in cold, dark rooms to preserve them. Somehow, I feel like they cannot be as good as freshly picked apples, right? But we get fruit all year round in our supermarkets which are shipped from other countries. Surely it’s just not the same as having fresh, local fruit.

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    • Yes, that was one of the points I was making. It’s hard to stick to it sometimes but it good to try. I will post the seasons list of fruits and vegetables as they change. Check back to see the list if you like.

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