Eating Seasonally This Winter| UK Edition

Hi! Welcome to Day 3 of ’12 Days of Blogmas’. Today I’m going to be talking about Eating Seasonally. This post is specifically related to the UK however I’m sure a quick google can find you the information related to produce in your country!

Why Should We Eat Seasonally?

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To Help The Environment

Since the UK imports 48% of the food we consume (Source: Global Food Society) so eating within the seasons reduces the CO2 emissions and energy needed to transport and grow food. If the food is coming a long way, it’s likely to have been flown in. Tim Laing uses the phrase ‘Food Miles’ to describe the journey of produce from its origin to your dinner table. The most common modes of transportation are by Air and Lorry; both create large carbon footprints.

However, if you are craving something out of season, it’s worth considering that buying imported (especially from Europe rather than America or Oceania) might actually have less of an environmental impact than if they were grown artificially in the UK with greenhouses: Check the label to see the country of origin.

To Support Local Farmers & Economy

Buying locally and in season means that you’re helping British farmers to continue growing and producing. You’re supporting your community by providing jobs & money to be reinvested in your local area.

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It Tastes Better & Is Better for your health

Seasonal food is generally harvested at it’s prime and it’s the ripe produce grown and presented without the need for added chemicals that tastes the best! Ripe produce is filled with all the good nutrients and it tastes better as it hasn’t travelled so far meaning that it was picked before it needed to have been.

It’s (Generally) Cheaper!

You’re not paying a premium for importing the foods and there tends to be large harvests of seasonal food which reduces the price of the produce.

Seasonal Foods For December, January and February

Fruits:

  • Apples, Cranberries, Passion Fruit, Pomegranate , Quince, Pears
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Vegetables:

  • Beetroot, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Celery, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kale, Leeks, Mushrooms, Onions, Potatoes, Parsnips, Red Cabbage, Swede, Turnips, Winter Squash

Meat & Fish

  • Duck, Goose, Grouse, Hare, Pheasant, Turkey, Venison, Rabbit, Cod, Haddock, Mussels, Mackerel

Others:

  • Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Chestnuts, Hazelnuts, Sage, Walnuts, Truffles, Chicory, Watercress
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Some Great Resources To Bookmark

Eat The Seasons | Seasonal Food Calendar | Eat Seasonably

I hope you found this helpful and are more mindful about what you’re eating this Winter! Let me know your thoughts are on eating seasonally and the foods that you like to eat in the Winter in the comments below.

See you tomorrow for another Blogmas post!

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12 Comments

  1. This is a really interesting and helpful post for anyone who wants to change their eating habits a bit for environmental reasons! Most of the vegetables are the ones we normally eat this time of year but I’m surprised at some of the meat you’ve mentioned! x

  2. I already knew it was good to eat in season but this post definitely gave me more insight on why I should! I definitely try and shop seasonally as much as possible. And I mean who doesn’t love cheaper lol

  3. Awesome post! I try to eat seasonally but I think not enough. This is a great reminder of why we should do it on a regular basis, especially for environment and health.

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