Eat seasonally. Find love.

Who has ever been tempted to throw some summer fruits into your trolley so that you can pretend winter isn’t here yet? Has anyone ever been able to say no to a custard-covered, homemade apple pie, just because it happens to have been unseasonably served on a dark February night?
The tendency of supermarkets to import food means that we are fooled into thinking we can eat what we want when we want. We give little thought to the carbon footprint involved in transporting these items halfway across the world. We are not even deterred by the fact that, for every unseasonal asparagus that has been flown into Tescos and landed in our refrigerators, there is a juicier and more timely carrot fairly nearby, waiting to be dug out from the soil and put our plates.
Falling for your best friend
In fact, our eating habits echo the classic romcom storyline: it is a case of ignoring the one who is right for you in favour of the cooler and more exotic option. Think Legally Blonde, The Princess Diaries or Clueless. At some stage, we are just going to have to realise that seasonal vegetables are not only our best friends, but also extremely easy to love.
For instance, the opportunity for shopping at farmers’ markets means that your relationship with seasonal fruit and vegetables can be easier and more comfortable than that you might share with their imported brethren.
Rather than shopping with a particular recipe in mind, complete in the knowledge that the faceless supermarket down the road will stock all the ingredients regardless of the season, why not browse your local market and choose what looks tastiest and freshest? You might even discover some vegetable previously unknown to you. The trader will probably be able to recommend some recipes to you on the spot, though with the readiness of smartphones and the Good Food app, it is easy to find recipes to fit your ingredients while you’re out and about. You might even meet some culinary-minded members of your local community who are happy to share a recipe or two with you.
Let your love grow
Perhaps your newfound relationship with your vegetables could turn into a real life romance – or, as one lovestruck farmers’ market shopper puts it, “Oh, how Steve could sling those 10-pound bags of potatoes!” What more could you want in a man?
What’s more, from this statement, we know that this particular couple met in either October, November or December, since this is when potatoes are at their best. Who needs facebook to track the blossoming of love when you have a handy chart to pinpoint the exact time when the vegetable you most associate with your beloved is in season?
So if your loved one’s birthday falls between September and March, this year swap those flowers for a leek! Or this Valentine’s Day, you could try presenting your other half not with roses but with a savoy cabbage, which are at their best in February. Go on. Try it.
All in all, the advantages to eating seasonally are numerous and tangible. You eat fresher food, protect the environment, and you are almost guaranteed to improve your love life. Better stock up on the celery and artichokes when you can – they are both well-known aphrodisiacs of the vegetable world.
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9 Responses to Eat seasonally. Find love.

  1. Jen says:

    Fascinating. Could you provide more information on the aphrodisiac qualities of celery? Are they currently in season?

    • sophieyeo says:

      Jen: Thank you for your interest. Apparently, celery’s reputation as an aphrodisiac began as a result of its similar appearance to the phallus (I guess if you squint…?). However, more recent scientific research has demonstrated that it in fact contains the pheromone androsterone, which has the ability to cause sexual arousal.

      It is in season from July through to October, so I’m afraid you’ve missed your chance where this particular vegetable is concerned. Maybe you ought to look elsewhere. I’ve heard that the scent of cinnamon buns is also an aphrodisiac, and I imagine they would also make a far more pleasing post-coital snack. Do report back.

      • Jen says:

        Thank you for your prompt and thorough response to my query. Gosh, I had never thought of celery as particularly phallic but now I shall never walk through the fruit and veg aisle with the same innocence.

        Maybe next July I will buy some seasonable celery. In the meantime, what do you recommend re: vegetables which are currently in season?

  2. Carol says:

    I really enjoyed the post — I will be following!

  3. liveincolor says:

    Wonderful post! It’s beautifully written. You make such a relevant point about being
    detatched from the production of our food (much like clothing & other prod.). I am now following your blog! Thanks for liking my piece, “A City of Contrasts.”

  4. Padraig Stilton says:

    Thought an extract from the very readable “How Bad Are Bananas?” might be of interest here:

    “local and seasonal 10g CO2e, average 80g CO2e” (on the carbon equivalent footprint of apples)

    “…as with all fruit and vegetables, it’s a good idea to buy the most misshapen ones you can get, because that encourages the supply chain not to chuck them in the bin before they ever reach the shops”

    Perhaps an invitation to search for the most beautifully misshapen vegetables of them all?

    • sophieyeo says:

      Interestingly, supermarkets were forced to stock the misshapen vegetables that they would have usually thrown out this year, due to the wet weather affecting growth. Your point is therefore rather timely.

  5. Alice says:

    What a fantastic blog, Sophie. I look forward to more posts in the future!

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