What's in Season? Start Eating These Fruits and Veggies Now - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on May 18, 2016

What's in Season? Start Eating These Fruits and Veggies Now

Whether you have a health condition or you just want to learn how to eat healthy, Crozer-Keystone offers medical nutrition therapy to help you reach your goals.

Whether you have a health condition or
you just want to learn how to eat healthy,
Crozer-Keystone offers medical nutrition
therapy to help you reach your goals
.

Make no mistake about it, fruit and vegetables are an essential component of a healthy diet all year round. We’re lucky enough to live in a time where produce can be shipped all over the world, meaning that we can enjoy our favorite fruits and vegies all year round. However, despite this luxury, eating produce when it’s in season may give you a lot more than the joy of strawberries in the middle of the winter.

Produce picked and eaten at its peak typically means you’re getting more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and flavor than fruits and vegetables that are harvested before they’re ripe and then shipped long distances.

In-season fruits and veggies are well-stored and transported a shorter distance, which means it will be fresher and retain more of its nutrients than other produce that had to be transported longer distances after being harvested.

Additionally, eating in accordance with the season guarantees your diet will be varied throughout the year, ultimately making your meals a lot more interesting than eating the same things day in and day out.

Here’s a quick guide to the seasons ahead and the produce that will be freshest.

In the Spring

Some of the early fresh veggies in the spring include radishes, asparagus, mushrooms, peas and delicate leafy greens like arugula.

Other vegetables you should look for in the store or at a farmer’s market this season include broccoli, cabbage, green beans, lettuce, onions, leeks and spinach. When it comes to your spring fruit bowl, look for apricots, honeydew melons, bananas, strawberries, mangos, pineapple and rhubarb.

In the Summer

When spring turns into summer, your salads and morning fruit will change a bit. The produce includes “stone fruit” such as peaches, plums and nectarines, as well as the apricots you’ve been enjoying in the spring. Other fruit to pick up in the summer includes bananas, cantaloupe, cherries, grapefruits, grapes, kiwi and the iconic summer fruit – watermelon. The summer is also the best season for berries, including blackberries, strawberries and raspberries.

While nothing says summer is here more than fresh corn on the cob, other vegetables in season in the summer include tomatoes, beets, bell peppers, okra, eggplant, cucumbers and summer squash and zucchini.

When you let the season guide you through the produce department, you’ll not only reap the health benefits, but your wallet may also end up healthier – when fruits and vegetables are in season, they’re so abundant and don’t have to travel as far from a farm to your table, which drives down their cost.

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