Sustainable living principles are a concept that we all have heard frequently in recent years and that many of us have started to implement. It both increases our quality of life and prevents us from endangering the needs of future generations. The main philosophy of the approach is “to live in accordance with the rhythm of nature”. In other words, instead of making choices that conflict with nature, seeking ways to keep up with its balance and making our choices in accordance with the philosophy of sustainable life.
This philosophy, which is friendly to people, the environment and nature, brings along many trends to make sustainable living a part of our lives and to change our habits in this direction. One of them is the “Consume in Season” trend, which recommends the consumption of fruits and vegetables in their season.
We all know the benefits of consuming enough fruits and vegetables for our health. However, consuming them in the season both increases the benefits for our health and gives us advantages in many different ways. It also considerably helps the ecological balance of the world.
Vegetables and fruits grown in greenhouses lose some of their flavors. In addition, they are harvested early and cooled so that they do not spoil while being transported. The cooling process greatly reduces the flavor, changes their texture and flavor. This is the reason why fruits and vegetables are loosened or their texture disperses like flour. Therefore, fruits and vegetables that ripen in accordance with their natural life cycle are both fresher and more delicious.
Higher Nutritional Value
The nutritional value of the products eaten in the season is much higher because they are fresh. Vegetables and fruits that are collected in the season and stored for a long time to be used at a later date lose value in terms of some antioxidants such as vitamin C, folic acid and carotene. Products grown out of season contain various chemicals and preservatives. Therefore, we are more likely to obtain a cleaner product in our seasonal food.
More Compatible with The Requirements Of Our Body
Our body’s natural nutritional needs vary with the seasons. The natural cycles of the products support our health. Vegetables and fruits grown in the fall are excellent transitional products that help the body get rid of excess heat and cool before winter. The fruits and vegetables we eat during the winter months contain intense vitamin C. Vitamin C has a very important role in preventing infections such as colds and flu. Ideal for winter vegetables, hot meals, soups, stews and other warming dishes. In the spring, the abundance of leafy greens helps the body detoxify and relax after a long winter of heavy food consumption. Fruits and vegetables are juicier because we lose more water in the summer, and they are more sugar because we need more energy.
Farmers get more abundant crops from seasonally mature crops. Since there is no need to produce and store in special conditions, the cost of the products is reduced. When the season goes out, we have to buy fruits and vegetables more expensive, as the factors of creating production conditions and storage will increase prices.
More Environmentally Friendly
It contributes above all to the sustainability of the ecological system. The seasonal crops can grow without the help of unnecessary chemicals. Chemicals are toxic and pollute water and soil. Also, because off-season crops come from farther greenhouse areas, they increase the energy and carbon dioxide load on the environment due to transportation.