Eat local. Eat Seasonal. Eat Organic. All 3 messages can easily become confusing. Which one is best? Fortunately, they all go hand in hand. By eating foods that are grown locally, you will inevitably be eating the foods that are in season…and by choosing foods that are in-season you are celebrating the rhythm and ritual of the year!
The Earth provides us with the foods that contain the nutrients we need to maintain our health during the season in which they are grown. Take the tomato for instance. The bright red flesh boasts more than a visual appeal. That mouth-watering red pigment contains a compound called lycopene that has been shown in research to protect our skin from sun-induced cancer.* No wonder tomatoes are a seasonal summer delight!
Whether or not the local, seasonal produce that you choose is Organic will depend on the spraying practices of your local farmer. However, if possible, it is best to buy Organic. This will ensure that you get to benefit not only from the nutrients within the produce but your body will be relieved of having to detoxify any of the pesticides commonly used in non-Organic farming practices. Organic, local produce also tends to be less expensive because you will not be paying for the shipping and handling cost of a transcontinental journey to your plate.
The best part about eating seasonal produce, however, is the flavor! Foods lose flavor as soon as they are harvested. Therefore, if you can buy foods that are locally grown, chances are you won’t need many other ingredients to produce a resplendent dish that will entertain not only your taste buds but also any guest at your table.
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*Godic, Aleksandar, et al. “The role of antioxidants in skin cancer prevention and treatment.” Oxidative medicine and cellular longevity 2014 (2014).