We’re fortunate enough to be surrounded by excellent produce that arrives right in our neighborhood grocery store or supermarket. Fresh, delicious and well-priced, it’s easy to take for granted the fruit and vegetables that we have access to on a daily basis. With food production and agriculture being so industrialized, we tend to forget that certain foods are better if eaten in the season that they grow in.
Being so spoilt for choice, we lose sight of the fact that certain kinds of produce are more beneficial for us when they are at the height of their ripeness. And when it comes to superfoods, which tend to be edibles that are nutritionally fantastic and rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, this rule applies even more so.
It doesn’t matter whether it is everyone’s fave leafy green, kale, ancient seed-grain quinoa that is beloved by all celebs, the more regular but still beautiful bulb garlic, ugly but delicious sunchokes, or even spicy hot peppers; these superfoods all taste better when they are eaten in their peak season.
You can even check out this episode of Health Soup, where show host, Ereka Vetrini learns about how eating seasonal fruits and vegetables is a better idea than just focusing on what’s available round the year.
The When & Where Is Important: Registered dietitian Laura Cipullo shares that there are different foods that she recommends for people living on the East coast as opposed to folks living on the West Coast because each place enjoys different weather. This means that the citizens of a particular place tend to have different nutritional needs and the foods they choose, whether they are superfoods or not, and choosing to eat seasonal can have an extremely beneficial impact on their health. It also means that the soil quality and conditions will be specific to the geographic location so vegetables and fruit grown in one place will not possess the same vitamins and nutrients as those grown in another place.
For a quick and easy guide of what to eat depending on your location:
On The East Coast:
- Brussels sprouts
On The West Coast:
- Butternut squash
- Baby bok choy
- Fava beans