- Apr 27, 2021
Cooking with the Seasons
Cooking with the Seasons
Four Benefits of Seasonal Cooking
Have you noticed how apples taste extra crisp and delicious in the fall, or how a piping hot bowl of butternut squash soup or beef stew is so comforting in the winter? What about your local roadside stands with the freshest and juiciest strawberries in the summer?
Today we'll unpack why meals prepared with seasonal produce not only taste amazing but also have many added benefits too! We'll also go over what produce you can expect to find during each season.
1. Fuller Flavor
Produce that's in season is rich and full in flavor because it's had a chance to fully and naturally ripen. On the contrary, out-of-season produce hasn't had a chance to fully ripen before it's harvested and transported.
2. Cost Efficient
Since produce in season is more abundant you'll pay less per pound or quantity when you buy it at a market. When buying produce out of season, you are also paying for the expenses that come with transportation, refrigeration, and re-heating.
3. Maximum Nutrition
When produce is harvested in season, the nutrients have had a chance to fully develop. Produce, just like plants, need adequate sunlight and water to grow, and picking them before they have fully ripened with the elements prevents optimal nutrient availability and freshness.
4. Community Benefit
Shopping from your local farmers and markets is a great way to show support and build community, especially during this time! It also helps you to be more connected with where your produce is coming from, and who harvests it!
What is in Season?
The easiest way to see what is in season is heading to your local farmer's market, food stands, etc. If you don't see a specific type of food, it probably isn't in season. Here is a list of what you might find during the different seasons. Just remember that some foods can be grown in multiple seasons so it's just going to depend on where you live.
Produce in Season: Most Berries, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Mango, Peaches, Peppers, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Zucchini
Zucchini Pizza Bites
Parmesan Crisp Bruschetta
Breakfast Pancake Tacos
Produce in Season: Apples, Bananas, Beets, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Pineapples, Onions, Celery, Garlic, Bell Peppers, Grapes, Parsnips, Pears, Pumpkin, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Mushrooms,
Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower
Pancetta Green Beans with Shitakes and Cranberries
Produce in Season: Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Celery, Oranges, Grapefruit, Beets, Apples, Carrots, Kiwifruit, Onions, pumpkin,
Buffalo Blue Cheese Chicken
Pumpkin French Toast
Interested in seeing what's in season in your state? Check out seasonalfoodguide.org to get a full breakdown of the produce that's available in the US during different months of the year, and more information on why seasonal eating has so many wonderful benefits!
Wondering when the optimal time is to plant? Just search for your state at www.ufseeds.com