HERE IS WHY IT MAKES SENSE TO CONSUME SEASONAL FOODS

Is it not refreshing how nature supplies us with abundance in variety of nutritional produce at a given time? It’s almost like she’s saying “as long as you are in my space, this is what you should eat this season”, but of course, most people don’t like to be told what to do 🙄 

TASTING SATISFACTION

Incredibly, the nutritional values in these organic produce is far healthier in their freshness than they are when processed – you know this… we all know this. There is much flavour and nourishment since they are naturally ripened and harvested at the appropriate time. They taste fresher, sweeter, and crispy. I purchased Alasa (Ghanaian name for African Star Apple) a few days back, and as expected dreading its food since it’s almost always sour piercing the jaws. Guess what? It wasn’t 😯

TASTE AS EQUALLY IMPORTANT AS COST 😎 

For some of us foodies, the taste of a product is as equally important as the cost of it. When farmers harvest plenty of produce, cost of produce goes down. If it’s in season in your area, it is locally source as compared to travelling or shipping expenses and storage. When we buy fruits and vegetables that are out of season, it’s normally sourced from out of area locations with unlike climate and can also be stored for long periods of time to offer people a variety of produce all year round, these factors will push the price up.

THE SHIPPING EFFECT

For food to be transported across the globe to get to your local market, they are harvested immature so not to spoil along the way, yet tagged fresh and we purchase them alright. According to Brian Halweil, author of Eat Here: Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket, “If you harvest something early so that it can endure a long distance shipping experience, it’s not going to have the full complement of nutrients it might have had.”

SIMPLE ECONOMICS ON SEASONAL BOUNTY

Simple economics means the basic grasp of demand and supply to the rational individual. As we are faced with limited resources to fulfill our wants and needs, we are in the same way making choices with our monies to satisfy these wants and needs, daily. It’s all about the choice you make taking into consideration why you made that choice in response to certain constraints. Thus, a rational consumer understands the natural order of “eating the right thing at the right time when it’s at its absolute best” that is why you wouldn’t buy Christmas cake to consume in April. It’s cheaper when it’s in its season anyway; the abundance of a produce means less cost for the consumer. Easy does it.

 

                                                       DECEMBER/ JANUARY/FEBRUARY
                      FRUITS Bananas, Cherries, Blackberries, Grapes, Guavas, Melon, Watermelon, Sweet Melon, Plums, Prunes, Pomegranates, Pawpaws, Peaches, Mangoes, Litchis, Lemons, Apricots, African Star Apple (Alasa)
                 VEGETABLES Beetroot, Green Beans, Maize/Corn, Red Onions, Radishes, Egg Plants

WHAT ELSE IS IN IT FOR YOU?

There is variety all year long with a collection of foods each season, and it is up to you to organize and regulate your food timetable in that you don’t miss out on any of the nutritional values the earth and your environment has to offer seasonally.

It is also an opportunity to learn a few new recipes for a taste of multiplicity on your dining table.

It makes sense after all – seasonal food is nature’s inexcusable gift to mankind at a particular time. Then again, not all gifts are acceptable and unveiled in time.


the cover photo of African Star Fruit by Purple Shades

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