Autumn is exciting! The temperature is cooler, weather is nicer, leaves change colors, and also there is the benefit (which is frequently unappreciated) of a wide variety of seasonal foods. While most of us are accustomed to the convenience of buying whatever produce we want, any time of the year, there are several benefits to eating seasonal foods.
1. Seasonal Foods are good for your health
Most food is picked before it is ripe. They then ripen during its journey to your kitchen. As your vegetables travel hundreds if not thousands of miles to the store, the nutritional value diminishes. Vitamin and mineral content deteriorate with each day. The faster your veggies go from the farm to your plate, the more you will gain from that daily serving of vegetables. There is no faster way than selecting based on nearby farms and seasonal products!
2. They simply taste better
Produce slowly loses flavor like they lose moisture. Throughout the transportation process, the chilling and storage process, and from the time of picking to your plate, vegetables slowly lose their flavor. Anyone who has ever eaten fruits or vegetables directly from the ground or plant can attest that freshness can be tasted! The faster you can get your produce to your plate, the better they will taste.
3. It’s better for the earth
While access to the southern hemisphere and warmer southern climate’s different seasons allows many products to be available outside of their season, it is not without a cost. The longer the journey from farm to table, the larger the impact on the environment. Suppliers know that transportation time affects taste and nutrition, and the amount of energy spent on expedited food transportation is exorbitant.
4. It’s better for your wallet
Understandably, purchasing food that was grown locally is usually cheaper than purchasing food that had to be flown in for freshness—and purchasing safe and organic vegetables is not cheap to begin with! In the end, you may end up paying more for food with less nutritional value and larger environmental impact!
And now you are probably thinking: sure, seasonal and local vegetables would be nice, but is that really a safe option in China? After all, your health is priceless, and safe and healthy food is something on which you are understandably not willing to negotiate.
Good news: there are local options that allow you to reap the benefits described above. There are safe, healthy, and even a few organic food options grown locally in China. Farms such as Anyway and Epermarket’s Eperfarm, produce Chinese organic vegetables in greenhouses specially designed to use filtered water, safer air, purified soil, no GMOs, and no chemical fertilizers.
Greenhouses can extend growing seasons as well. While some argue that the taste is better from a greenhouse because there is better control over the growing environment, others insist that fruits and vegetables grown in the ideal and natural conditions have maximized their natural taste and benefits.
Autumn has a deliciously abundant variety of seasonal vegetables as it is one of the largest harvest periods. Vegetables like broccoli, butternut squash, cauliflower, daikon radish, endives, edamame, peppers, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and radishes are at their peak of seasonal freshness. Other vegetables like arugula, carrots, cabbage, cucumbers, garlic, green beans, kale, leeks, lettuce, spinach, and tomatoes are also available during this season of abundance. From Thanksgiving in America and Canada to Chinese Mid-Autumn festival, cultures around the world have celebrated the harvest of a wide variety of seasonal vegetables available to eat during this time of the year.
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