There are a few more benefits to eating in season produce. By only buying what’s in season you will be eating a great variety of foods year round, after all who wants to eat the same thing every day indefinitely. Nothing beats eating stone fruit and melon in summer, and vegetables like pumpkin in winter. Eating them out of season wouldn’t have quite the same appeal.
Eating what’s in season is better for the local economy and the environment. You will be supporting local farmers, especially if you buy from local farmer’s markets. If you buy out of season produce it has probably been transported a long distance to make it to your supermarket, which has a much bigger impact on the environment. Otherwise the produce would have been kept in cold storage for a long period of time, which requires large amounts of energy to keep it refrigerated.
Fruit and vegetables that are sold while they are still in season will have ripened properly, which means they will be packed full of nutrients, whereas produce that is picked for cold storage it is picked early rather than ripening naturally. They are then kept in cold storage for the length of time required, before being artificially ripened ready for sale, which results in less nutrients.
The easiest to see benefit is that you will save some serious money on your grocery bill. It’s not hard to find in season produce at extremely low prices, even supermarkets sell it cheap. If you just buy produce that’s in season year round your food bills are going to be far less than someone that buys produce no matter what the season. Take grapes for example. In winter they can regularly be at least $15kg, whereas in their peak season they can be easily found for only a few dollars per kg.
So now that you know the benefits of eating fresh fruit and vegetables in season, you might be wondering just what produce is in season and when. The following list will help you decide which fruits and vegetables to buy in which season in Australia.
Print this chart out and stick on your fridge for later!