“A thriving household depends on the use of seasonal produce and the application of common sense.” — Olivier de Serres (1539-1619)
It’s no fault of city folks, but thanks to stocked supermarkets, it’s tough to know what’s REALLY in season or not. With stockpiles of produce at our fingertips from around the world and industrialization of agriculture – who knows anymore.
I am still educating consumers that corn doesn’t grow (local or “naturally”) in the winter. It’s not that unusual not to know when things grow or where because of this American lifestyle. In fact, one of my late grandmothers was shocked to hear that one of her children was now eating food from the garden grown in…dirt! Packaged and dirt free produce from the supermarkets was what she was told was the better, normal way to shop. During the 50’s, it was hammered into the American psyche to get away from the land/ backyard gardens and get far away from the drudgery of “work.”
I really believe that the foods grown locally and in season are all you need for good health. I remember reading about the Eskimos who only ate blubber and fish but have enjoyed excellent health without fruits and vegetables. I think each climate and each season provides exactly what one needs to survive that climate and that season because Nature knows best.
Thanks to our farming habits, we learned to eat more local and in season, eliminating bananas and other fruits (unless grown by someone we know.) I mean there MUST be reason that corn doesn’t grow in winter – could it be that bodies need to eat seasonal foods to be healthier? I think so!
“If you eat with the seasons rather than eating the same 15 things all year round, the variety will mean you end up with a greater range of nutrients in the body,” argues Maria Griffiths, spokesperson for the Institute for Optimum Nutrition. “You get a completely changeable diet that is so much more beneficial than sticking to the same things again and again.
“Food allergies and intolerances are also less likely because you are not eating the same thing day after day.”
Reducing one’s food print is certainly a challenge and one can only do one’s best.
Here are 3 helpful links to help you get started.
Has your eating habits changed and does gardening help you eat more in tune with the seasons?