Fruits and vegetables are available to us year round, but did you know that each season has its own unique list of fruits and veggies? Well, it’s true! Eating fresh fruits and vegetables when they are in season is more flavorful and nutritious because the fruits and vegetables are not processed or preserved. Fruits and vegetables that are out of season are usually less flavorful because once they have been harvested they begin to lose their nutritional value. In particular, the vitamin C content in fresh fruits and veggies is higher than those out of season which can reduce the risk of many infections caused by the preservatives used in canned and processed food. Fresh fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants which can be used to prevent diseases.
Fruits and vegetables such as mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, potatoes, bananas, apples, and avocados are available year round and are not specific to a season; however, the majority of fruits and vegetables are season specific. Below is a list of some of the most popular fruits and vegetables that are fresh in the summer.
In addition to the nutritional benefits of seasonal fruits and vegetables, there is also a cost benefit. Fruits and vegetables are often offered at lower prices in local farmer’s markets during their specific seasons. Shopping at your local farmer’s market is a great way to support your local community in addition to stocking up on less expensive healthy fruits and vegetables.
You can support your local farmer by visiting the Medical West Farmer’s Market provided by Pinkston Farms every Wednesday from 9 am- 2 pm located on level C by the cafeteria.