Seasonal Fruit

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In our hyper-globalized, get-anything-you-want-at-any-time world, it can be easy to forget that fruits are seasonal products. Though your local neighborhood mega-mart now stocks cherries in December, there are numerous benefits to buying fruits in season.

FINANCIAL

It follows that if you’re buying foods in season, you’re buying foods that are grown close to where you live. That means that the farmers didn’t have to pay a global shipping conglomerate to get them to your store. Which means that you don’t have to pay said global shipping conglomerate’s shipping fees.

ENVIRONMENTAL

Cutting out the transport means cutting out the fossil fuels that are burned to get the fruit to you, often from the other side of the world.

NUTRITIONAL

Because they’re grown closer to where they’re sold, in-season fruits can stay on the vine, tree or bush longer than those that need to be picked a couple of weeks early to arrive in stores at peak ripeness. That gives them extra time to develop all the antioxidants and other micronutrients that you’re eating them for.
In summertime, look for (organic, wherever possible) strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, peaches, nectarines, plums and watermelon. But limit yourself to two servings per day, preferably first thing in the morning and before workouts, to reduce the amount of fructose, which is more likely to be stored as fat than sucrose, that you consume.