This post came to me whilst I was picking blackberries outside. Foraging for food isn’t a new thing, far from it. There’s something quite satisfying about being in the fresh air, picking ripe blackberries knowing that they will taste fantastic later on in the year. I’m hoping that along with some of the apples from my parents’ tree, these will make some tasty apple and blackberry crumbles, or even a pie if I’m feeing brave!

 

But, eating in season is no a new concept either. Though in the modern day times, everything is available at all times of year. Want strawberries in the middle of the winter? Sure! Pineapple every morning for breakfast? Of course. However, there’s a reason why we don’t have strawberries in winter. Quite simply, they don’t grow then! We have strawberries and raspberries in summer, because they grow in the sunshine and that’s when they taste best.

 

But, the best thing about eating in season? It’s cheaper.

 

Much cheaper, most of the time. Autumn seems to be fast approaching. But with it comes seasonal foods. Foods in season in the autumn time are:

  • apples
  • blackberries
  • butternut squash
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • cauliflower

 

All of these things will taste so much better in season. Apple and blackberries go hand in hand. Who doesn’t like crumble with custard after a cold, long day at work? It’s my favourite pudding – definitely would be my requested last meal on earth along with a Sunday roast 🙂

 

But, better than that, all of these will be (should be?) cheaper at this time of year. Abundance of these produce means that it drives the price down. Going back to strawberries in winter, they would cost so much more as they have had to be shipped around the world so you can eat them when you want them. Buying food in season means you are probably buying something that is more local to you. That’s an added benefit!

 

 

Eating in season also forces you to be slightly more creative in your cooking. I don’t know about anyone else but we tend to eat the same things week in, week out? I guess it comes down to being in your comfort zone. If you eat in season, you automatically have to buy different foods to normal. Out of that list above, I generally don’t buy butternut squash, cabbage or cauliflower. It’s not that I don’t like these foods, I just don’t know what to do with them! But, eating seasonably would mean trying something new 🙂

 

Do you eat in season? Have you thought about it before? 

 

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