Like every week, you stand around in front of the fruit and vegetable section of the supermarket. Between all of these special offers, you ask yourself what could be out of the ordinary and berry delicious?
The most simplest way to make your selection raisins just one question: what are the fruits and vegetables that are in season? This way, you can put aside everything that shouldn’t be available to you at this time of the year. This may plant a seed of hope!
No longer a need to sink into a pit of despair. Fruits and vegetables that are out of season and available to you in the market are cultivated far away from you and sometimes in a greenhouse, bringing a rush of cultivation that uses plastic and power, and pollutes the air and the water.
Even for agriculture in fields, the industry does all it can to increase its yield with pesticides and fertilizer that pollute the air and groundwater table. It is a real risk for the health of agricultural laborers, but also for your health as consumers. Sound as appeeling now?
Finally, once at maturity, these fruits and vegetables travel long distances in trucks, cargo ships, or planes, which consumes a lot of petrol and emits greenhouse gases. All of this for food that will be available right next to you in a bit of time: be patient, grapeful, and save the date!
A trick from Artichoke Heart
YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL SAVINGS*
You can make an effective decision just by consuming seasonal and local fruits and vegetables. For the purchase of 1kg of fruits or vegetables, you help to save approximately:
- 240 liters of water (watering of crops and extraction of petrol),
- 4.8 liters of oil (spreading of pesticides and fertilizer, packaging, and transportation),
- 52 kW of power (greenhouse cultivation, packaging),
- 4.7 kg equivalent of CO2 (extraction of petrol, electricity and transportation),
- 102 m2 of ecological footprint (virtual forest required to absorb CO2 emissions)
Of course you don’t want to deprive yourself of tomatoes for 3/4 of the year or not eat spinach for 8 months per year. So, do not hesitate to make your own canned veggies or dehydrate what can be dehydrated. You can even peel, wash, and then vacuum freeze most of the vegetables in your garden.
And, as far as fruit, purées and jams please foodies of all ages!
(*) These data are statistically estimated for personal use only. Any use for scientific, business or legal purposes is strongly discouraged.
Seasonality table for fruits and vegetables: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/seasonal-calendar/all