Try seasonal eating while also reducing the cost of your weekly shop and ensuring that you and your family get maximum nutrition. Ocado share its top tips.
Not so long ago, seasonal eating wasn’t seen as a food trend – it was just the way we ate. In the age before long-distance freight, we dined on the produce of the fields around us: green veg in spring, berries in summer, fruits in autumn and root vegetables in winter, to name just a few.
Today, seasonal eating is experiencing a resurgence, as people pay greater attention to the provenance of their ingredients. There are plenty of reasons to do so, from better flavour and texture, improved nutrition, lower cost and, perhaps most importantly, a smaller environmental footprint.
At Ocado, we take the guesswork out of seasonal shopping by making it easy to know what's good to eat at any given time of the year. There’s a whole section on our site dedicated to seasonal produce to help you.
What’s in season right now?
It's the tail-end of summer and Ocado is bursting with fresh British produce. Right now, you can choose from flavourful veg like beetroot, squash, celeriac and aubergines, as well as juicy fruits including apples, plums, nectarines and berries – particularly blackberries, which are at their best deliciously plump.
There are plenty of ways to add a seasonal twist to your midweek staples, like making chips from in-season squash and celeriac, or adding crunchy beetroot or chargrilled aubergine to your lunchtime salad. The only limit is your own imagination and when you encourage yourself to choose in-season ingredients, you’ll be surprised at the brilliant ideas you come up with.
5 reasons to eat seasonally
When fruit and veg is picked at its natural peak and delivered to your plate as quickly as possible, you can guarantee it will taste its very best.
When an ingredient is in season, there’s a lot of it. Farmers are left with a surplus, which leads to greater availability and lower prices for you.
Not only does in-season fruit and veg taste brilliant, it’s also at its nutritional peak, which helps you ensure that your family is enjoying a healthy and balanced diet.
Seasonal produce tends to need fewer pesticides and items that are in season locally will also travel fewer miles to arrive on your plate, so the environmental impact is minimised.
Eating seasonally helps you get creative, as you look to get the most out of every ingredient at its peak. And as you enjoy produce that tastes and looks its best, you’ll find yourself gaining a whole new appreciation for previously overlooked ingredients.
Find out more about seasonal produce at Ocado.