Eating fresh seasonal food is not only eating food at its absolute best, it’s also good for the environment. Food accounts for about 1/4 of all greenhouse gas emissions and one of the ways we can reduce that is by avoiding food that has been grown in heated glass houses to get it into the shops early in the year or refrigerated for long periods to stretch its season at the other end. Both of these season stretching techniques use energy and so produce greenhouse gases.
We’ve come across two great seasonal food resources for the UK.
One is the Eat the Seasons website which has seasonal food info, tips and recipe ideas, and a seasonal food of the week to inspire you. It’s also fun to explore on an “I never knew that” basis.(There’s a North American version too)
We also think this BBC seasonal food calendar is brilliant. It automatically highlights the current time of year to show you what’s in season now, and it has links to seasonal recipes in case you’re short of ideas or want to try something new. Bookmark it, try it out, and let’s swap recipes.