Thursday, April 23, 2009

Season eating

Seasons form the natural backdrop for eating. All of the World's Healthiest Foods are seasonal. Picture your vegetable garden in the dead of winter. Now imagine this same garden on a sunny, summer day. How different things are during these two seasons.

For ecologists, seasons are considered a source of natural diversity. Changes in growing conditions from spring to summer or fall to winter are essential for balancing the earth's resources and its life forms. But today it's so easy for us to forget about seasons when we eat. Modern food processing and worldwide distribution of food make foods available year-round, and grocery stores shelves look much the same in December as they do in July.

I still refuse to eat asperagus (winter harvest veggie) any time of year.

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