You might have noticed that here and there in my posts lurks the adjective “seasonal,” as in “seasonal fruit and vegetables.” Granted, here in South Florida, produce is seasonal several times a year, but for the rest of the world, what does it mean and how important is it? A great blogger Tamara Hoerner offers a detailed explanation. Her blog is a terrific resource for those of you, Beautiful People, who, like myself, are concerned with what we put on our tables and in our mouths.
Why eat local? Locally grown produce will be in season and picked at peak ripeness. Why is this important?
- Taste– Produce tastes best when it is allowed to ripen on the plant. The taste, texture, and crispness will be optimal.
- Nutrients– Produce loses 30% of its nutrients within 3 days of harvest. Research done at the University of California indicates that veggies can lose anywhere from 15 to 55 percent of vitamin C within a week. Spinach can lose up to 90% within the first 24 hours. Produce that is shipped is not allowed to ripen and does not develop full nutrient values. What nutrients it does have are mainly lost during shipping.
- Support local economy and community-Instead of going through a middle man, you’ll buy directly from the local farmer who grew the produce or meat. You can ask questions: What fertilizer is used? Did you use any…
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