When purchasing fruits and vegetables, several factors affect their taste and price, such as whether or not the item is in its peak season.
Each produce item has its peak growing season and cost more outside of that season when they are not as easily produced or need to be imported. To determine the best time to buy produce, it’s best to know the peak seasons for each type.
The first clue that a fruit or vegetable is in season is price. When produce is out of season, it is not being locally produced forcing it to be transported from elsewhere therefore adding to the transport costs and pushing the total price up.
Most fruits and vegetables also tend to taste best when they are picked at the peak of ripeness. For instance, tomatoes are best during summer even though they are available throughout the year. Choosing produce during its off peak times means getting fruit that may not be as sweet or vegetables that may not have the best outward appearance. Or they have been in storage for sometime compromising the taste, nutrient delivery and of course price.
Buying in season delivers the best tasting produce at the least expensive price – a win all around. We think it is also really nice for our food to reflect the seasons and embrace eating
We have developed a seasonal produce poster, which you can purchase here.