Some of us may be lucky enough to enjoy various fruits and veggies year-round, but did you know that each one is best in different seasons? For example, berries are best during Summer. And now that it's Spring, there are different foods we should be eating. The ancient Ayurveda practice of Ritucharya has shown us the importance of stitching up our diets based on the weather outside. Here's why.
There are many benefits to this practice, with a major one being its way better for our physical health. Eating fruits and veggies that are in season is optimal for getting all the nutrients it can provide. The produce is often picked when they're the ripest, meaning the vitamins inside are at their peak. And when this yummy food is sitting on the grocery store shelves for too long, the minerals decrease. This is why it's best to shop at your local farmers' market, which will have the freshest and healthiest produce.
But eating in-season goodies isn't just beneficial for us - it's also helpful for our planet. Locally grown and picked fruits don't go through the unsustainable process of having to be transported to a different city. This will significantly lower the number of harmful emissions released from trucks and planes, and let's not forget that these veggies don't need to be ripe for longer, meaning fewer pesticides are sprayed on them. What a win-win for both our health and our beautiful Earth!
Now while it may seem easier to drive over to your supermarket on any day of the week, you may wanna consider heading down to the farmers market each Sunday, because it could save you some money. Yup, that's right. Fruits and vegetables that are in season are more accessible, aka there is more of the delicious colorfulness to go around so they aren't as pricey as less common fruits. Currently, this season lookout for more asparagus, garlic, kale, onions, peas, and radishes as they are grown most often in Springtime. But of course, each area will probably source different produce - check out this website to find the nearest market to you.