These days, with year-round availability through large supermarkets it can be difficult to keep track of what fruit and vegetables are currently in season and we are certainly less tightly bound to the wheel of the year than once we were.
There are lots of reasons why it is better to stick with the natural seasons of the year – here MindBodyGreen outlines 10 of the main ones. It really does boil down to the fact that with better value and better taste it is a win-win option!
I was looking for a really clear, concise chart that I could print out and stick to the fridge – as I always stare blankly at the empty shelves whilst deciding what I need to buy. I found this brilliant chart at The Childrens Food Trust website (it doesn’t just apply to children although I won’t deny I like the colours!) Now I have an at-a-glance reference which can guide me to make better decisions and choose a healthier shopping basket.
Currently in season are Brussels Sprouts, Kale, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Leeks, Parsnips and Cauliflower. This lovely layer bake recipe from the NHS Healthy Start website uses many of these seasonal ingredients to create a comforting dinner – just what we need during this rainy, windy winter.
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