Eating seasonally


As the seasons are changing it can be a good reminder to also have our own food buying habits change with the seasons. Besides the fact that it can be boring to eat the exact same fruit and veg year round, it is also more expensive and less healthy.

Eating seasonally forces you to try new things

If you are in the weekly rut of buying the exact same produce and groceries year round you'll very quickly find yourself in the same routine of dinners, lunches, and snacks. If you're constantly introducing new items into your shop you'll expand your horizons, discovering new recipes and new real foods to try.

Eating in season saves you dollars

Ever winced as you've handed over the money for your $5 capsicum, $4 avocado, or bananas at $3.50/kg? Yeah, well that's because you're buying out of season, when the cost of growing or importing them to NZ is high. Generally seasonal fare is also local, especially if you visit your community vege market. These markets are usually supplied by a farmer in your region. It's always a good idea to ask the seller where and how their produce is grown.

More variety = more varied nutrients for you

Each different food type has its own nutrient profile. That just means the bunch of good stuff you get from the food. For example, mixing up your root vegetable selection between pumpkin, beetroot, carrots, and kumera is going to ensure you receive a good mix and balance of nutrients, and therefore optimise your health.