Three Tips To Help You Eat Seasonally
Eating what naturally grows at a given time of year means your food is more flavourful and nutritious. Sticking to produce currently in season also encourages you to eat locally, which is great for the environment and it’s a fantastic way to show your support for local food producers.
But what’s the downside? The truth is that even with the best intentions, many people find it difficult to eat seasonally. It is not always the most convenient when supermarkets these days offer similar produce all year round. If you’d like to start eating seasonally, these tips will get you off to a good start.
Keep Your Meals Simple
If you’re just starting to eat seasonally, get ready to have your mind blown by the intensity of flavour. Seasonal vegetables just taste more like themselves than the insipid cold-stored vegetables you buy in supermarkets. Rather than following complex recipes when preparing your meals, try to follow your instincts and taste buds and create simple dishes that showcase the produce. Avoid shop bought sauces or flavour additions, as these will only mask the natural flavours of the seasonal ingredients. Even if you’re not an experienced cook, mastering a couple of very simple cooking techniques like roasting or steaming, will enable you to create some amazing seasonal meals without fuss.
Even if you’re buying seasonal food, it pays to make sure you’re getting the freshest of the fresh. Of course, the freshest food you could possibly eat is that which you grow yourself. If you’re looking for an excuse to get into gardening, how about growing food for your seasonal menu? If you don’t have a big garden, consider growing herbs or tomatoes in pots. A potting shed or greenhouse will give you extra space and seasonal growing options, so check out your local Greenhouse stores for inspiration. Aside from the food you manage to grow, start investigating your local farmers’ market, where you’ll meet the producers and be able to ask questions about the production and harvest of the food you’re going to eat. You’ll get a sense of how fresh the food is, and you’ll enjoy getting a sense of the story behind the produce. And if you’re in the market for some cooking tips, nobody is more qualified to suggest the perfect preparation of any ingredient than the person who grew it!
Adjust Your Habits
We all have that fruit or vegetable that we like to eat every single day but if you’re transitioning to a more seasonal diet, your daily treat might have to be relegated to a few months of the year. Whether it’s your morning banana smoothie or your three o’clock avo on toast, it can be hard to let go of these rituals. This would be easier if supermarkets did not stock produce unless it’s in season, but in reality, it’s all too easy to pop in and grab some unseasonal items, just because they are available. Breaking these food habits can be hard, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Even if it takes you a few weeks, before long you’ll find good seasonal alternatives, and your ritual meals will be even tastier than before.
Whether you’re new to seasonal food or you’ve been eating seasonally for years, these tips will inspire you to keep seeking out local seasonal options for the good of you and the planet.