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Celebrate Seasonal Food (Video)

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Happy solstice! The summer brings a bounty of fresh produce: stone fruit and berries, garden salads with ripe tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, watermelon, and more. In this short film from Nourish, farmer Nigel Walker, chef Bryant Terry, and others share why eating seasonally is good for your body and the planet—and it tastes better, too. What seasonal foods do you enjoy?

Reasons to Eat Seasonally
Eating with the seasons connects us to a particular time and place. In America, we might think of corn on the cob in the summer, sweet potatoes in the fall, cranberry sauce during the winter holidays, or fresh strawberries in the spring.

Fresh, seasonal, whole foods support and nourish our bodies. In the winter, heavier foods like squash and root vegetables warm and ground us, while lighter foods like salads and fruits are cooling in the warmer months. Foods harvested at their seasonal peak reach nutritional maturity, which means they are richer in nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants than produce that is grown off-season or picked early and left to ripen in transit.

Eating seasonally often goes hand in hand with eating locally. Foods that are grown in their appropriate climate and allowed to naturally ripen require fewer fossil fuels and resources to grow and transport, which is better for the environment.

There are many ways to tune into the seasons:

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Nourish is an educational initiative designed to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability, particularly in schools and communities. To inform and inspire the largest number of people, Nourish combines PBS television, curriculum resources, web content, short films, and teacher and youth seminars. Nourish is a program of WorldLink, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education for sustainability.

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4:43AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

We do need to be thankful for what we've got

8:18AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Thank you!

1:35PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

love summer

12:00AM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

Thank you for creating the awareness about the wholesomeness of fresh fruit and vegetables. We have grown up in an environment so bombarded with adverts about canned and frozen foodstuffs that we instinctively reach out for them and not only out of convenience. Please continue this informative campaign so that we may balance the imbalance in the media.

12:30PM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

Wish strawberry season was longer :)

7:35AM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

Happy summer to all! Farmers markets are starting to bring beautiful fresh
fruits and veggies of summer, such
wonderful rewards!

9:13AM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

thanks

7:18PM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

I highly recommend shopping farmers' markets or joining a CSA. You'll notice what a delicious difference the freshness makes. If you don't know how to cook something - ask the vendor - they'll give you easy instructions. You'll end up trying things you'd never have considered before.

The climate in my area makes it easy to grow herbs year round. But it's worth growing them indoors if you need to. Cooking with fresh herbs makes everything better. A little fresh oregano on tomato soup, some chives to make herb butter, basil on sandwiches instead of lettuce. You can't really go wrong, I hope you try it and enjoy.

6:15PM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

thanks

11:37AM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

thanks!

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