Benefits of Buying Winter Produce

Just like that, Thanksgiving has passed and we’ve come into the winter season! Speaking of winter, there’s all kinds of delicious winter produce available. Pineapple is actually a winter fruit! Snack on pineapple while you imagine yourself on a warm beach in Hawaii.

There are many benefits when it comes to buying in season produce.

  • Price
    • In season produce is less expensive than out of season produce and it’s also fresher.
  • Environmentally friendly
    • When produce is in season, it doesn’t have to travel as far to get to you which leads to less transportation and air pollution.
  • Variety
    • Buying in season produce will help to give you a variety fruits and vegetables which leads to a variety of nutrients and phytochemicals.

What about frozen produce?

Frozen produce is actually a great alternative to the fresh produce. Frozen produce is picked at its peak ripeness and flash frozen maintaining all the vitamins and minerals and can be budget friendly and time saving too. Frozen veggies like potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower already have the chopping done for you!

Fresh vegetables have a life span of 1-2 weeks whereas frozen vegetables last longer. Buying frozen out of season produce can be great as it’s packaged while it’s in season.

Don’t forget your seasonal produce guide during your next grocery trip!

Elizabeth Cazares, RD

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