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Seasonal Eating

Eating seasonally means enjoying the ripest and freshest food at the height of its natural harvest time. It means supporting local farmers who transport their goods iStock_seasonal_apples.jpgthe shortest distance to your plate. It also means experimenting with delicious foods you might not otherwise consider adding to a meal!

 

What’s in Season

Remember, there will be regional variations as to what’s in season where you live. A good rule of thumb is to look for reasonably priced locally grown produce (generally it will be more abundant in season and therefore more affordable to buy).

Yeehaa...its spring!  The best of what Spring has to offer………….

Apples, pears, tree tomatoes, rhubarb, kiwifruit, asparagus , broad beans,  broccoli, broccolini,  carrots, cauliflower, kumara, mushrooms, parsnips, potatoes, silverbeet, shallots, spinach,swedes, yams

Today it's so easy for us to forget about seasons when we eat! Modern food processing, technology and worldwide distribution of food make all foods available year-round - supermarket shelves look much the same week in week out.

At Yum Yum Kids we are believers in the benefits of seasonal eating and consider this is a really good basis for learning and healthy eating for children. Encouraging your child to grow their own fruit and veges is a great way to experience the seasons first hand. 

Below we highlight some of the benefits of eating local, seasonal food:

  • seasonal food is fresher and therefore you can get optimal nourishment from your food
  • seasonal eating and cooking ensures variation in your diet which is much better for growing bodies.
  • it’s a wonderful learning opportunity for children.  
  • children can make more healthy food choices if they are made aware of the seasons and when/where various foods are produced.
  • seasonal food is more affordable as there’s more of it and it hasn’t had to travel a long way by buying local seasonal food – you can support the local economy
  • its better for the environment as reduced energy is required to grow and transport seasonal food (a smaller 'carbon foot print')
  • And finally, seasons are considered a source of natural diversity. Changes in growing conditions from season to season are considered essential for balancing the earth's resources and its life forms (including us!).

So give it a go – be creative and involve your children so they understand that seasons form a natural backdrop for eating. For the greatest freshness and nutrition - look for foods that are locally grown and that are in season.