Fruits and vegetables go in and out of season. It is nature’s cycle. Unfortunately, the majority of the population in the UK is simply unaware of when produce is in season and when it is not. Being aware of the seasonality of produce and using what is ripe for the picking is an important aspect of getting the most out of food, especially in an Italian bistro like ours.
The Benefits of Seasonal Foods
Identifying the benefits of buying and consuming seasonal produce can seem tricky. I mean, there are plenty of ways to get strawberries year round through artificial inputs in agriculture and such, but is that really what you want to be eating? Studies show that using seasonal produce is cheaper, environmentally healthy, and definitely better for you.
This is directly related to the mission of the Slow Food movement around the world. Supporting the use of seasonally produce decreases the impact on the environment and encourages edible biodiversity and making a difference in the culinary community.
Additionally, to state the obvious, seasonal produce is great for your health. For example, seasonal summer fruits tend to contain more fluids, which is necessary to keep you healthy and balanced in those warmer months. At Pizzicotto, we’re constantly adding good, seasonal ingredients to our contemporary Italian cuisine because we know how important it is to not only the customers, but also the environment.
The first step toward seasonal eating is knowledge. Researching where your produce is coming from, and especially knowing if it’s in season or not, can improve the health of you and everyone around you.