Why eat what’s in season? We know that it is better to eat local, seasonal UK produce. Better for us and for the planet. We often don’t, as we are not really sure what is in season… At least I wasn’t, and hence this chart…
Seasonal UK Fruit and Vegetable Chart
A decorative, at a glance, general guide to which popular UK fruit and vegetables are in season. It shows which produce is available all year round, which for some months only and whether from stores or fresh.
Benefits of Eating Seasonal Produce
Reduced Carbon Footprint
One of the most salient benefits to eating seasonally is that you are effectively reducing your carbon footprint and supporting a more geographically sustainable food economy. We are rarely encouraged to think about the physical lengths our food travels before arriving on the market shelves. And all of this travel comes with a hefty environmental cost that is concealed from the consumer’s eye.
Reduced Pesticide Consumption
In addition to the fossil fuels used to transport out-of-season produce to all corners of the world a little something extra needs to be added into the mix to keep these jet-set fruits and veggies fresh. This ‘something’ would be pesticides and preservatives. By avoiding out of season produce and choosing locally grown – and organic where possible – we can minimise the intake of chemicals.
Seasonal produce is generally harvested at its peak so it retains its full nutrient and vitamin content. Because it has naturally ripened on the vine or in the ground it will have a more complex and rich flavour. It’s no lie that the juiciest and most vibrant tasting fruits and veggies are those that are in season. Nature is wiser than we acknowledge and seasonal foods support season-specific needs. After a long winter, the human body craves detoxification and longs to shed the extra weight of winter. Spring vegetables like spinach help to alkalize our bloodstream and energise us for the warmer months when we typically expend more energy being active.
On a deeper level, eating in harmony with the cycles of nature connects us more deeply to the earth and fosters in us a respectful reverence for the food we eat. It may sound kind of out there but many holistic nutritionists argue that getting in touch with the earth helps us get in touch with ourselves and our natural rhythms.