Sunday, May 24, 2015

Five Reasons to Eat Seasonally

1. Save Money

When fruit and veg are in season they are less expensive. There is an abundance of strawberries, for example, when they are in season. As a result they are less expensive in the summer (except during Wimbledon fortnight) than in the winter. Eating with the seasons is a habit that is easy on the wallet.

2. Discover Different Foods

There is more to spring eating than asparagus and wild garlic (although both are delicious!). Eating seasonally will encourage you to discover foods that you may not be used to eating. It will diversify your meals and allow you to try new tastes. There is an incredible variety of fruit and veg available, yet most of us stick to eating the same ones. Finding out what grows in the spring will help you learn about rare, endangered, and heirloom foods. Have you ever tried 'Good King Henry'? It's a wild plant that looks similar to spinach. Or what about 'Morels'? They're a kind of mushroom that looks like something out of a science fiction novel.

3. Support Local Farms

Much of the seasonal produce available comes from local farms. When you buy fruit and veg in a supermarket, there are many items that are not in season in the UK and as a result, they are shipped in from abroad. When something is in season, it is often sourced from a UK farm. You can guarantee that your seasonal produce is from a local farm by shopping at a local farmer's market or ordering a weekly Organic Ilford vegbag.

4. Enjoy better flavour

Have you ever eaten a tomato January? If you have, it may have put you off eating them for while. The cardboard taste is enough to make anyone wonder why they ever liked tomatoes at all. Fast-forward to mid-July, and tomatoes are not only bursting with colour and flavour, but they have a strong smell as well. Eating seasonally reconnects you with the flavours of the foods you eat.

5. Support Sustainable Farming Methods

Eating seasonally not only means that you support local farms, it also allows you to support sustainable farming methods. When food is grown locally and the supply chain is reduced, as a consumer it is easier to find not only where something is grown but also how it grown.

This post first appeared in the Organic Ilford Newsletter.


  1. It is also important to remember that by not supporting local producers, they may well turn to markets and consumers further afield.

  2. Please don't pick and eat wild mushrooms unless you know exactly what you are picking. It is almost impossible for the amateur to distinguish between edible and poisonous mushrooms.