Eating foods when nature produces them is what people the world over have done naturally through most of history, before mega-supermarkets dotted the landscape and processed foods became common.
Seasonal eating means two things: building meals around foods that have just been harvested at their peak and adjusting your diet to meet the particular health challenges of winter, spring, summer and fall. While it may seem like a luxury to have any food we want, anytime we want it, eating foods in season offers many benefits.
For starters, it connects us to the calendar and often to one another, reminding us of simple joys — apple picking on a clear autumn day or slicing a juicy red tomato in the heat of summer. Also, produce picked and eaten at its peak generally has more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than foods harvested before they’re ripe and then shipped long distances. Eating with the seasons is good for your taste buds and your health.