These days almost all produce is available year round, although the cost may differ greatly depending on how far it had to travel to get to your local store. Seasonal, local produce is definitely cheaper due to the decreased travel time and expense. But, aside from a lower cost, there are several benefits of eating foods that are in season. First, they taste better. If a food has been freshly picked and is in season, it tastes amazing. Have you ever tried a tomato straight from the vine during the summer? It's usually incredible! For the best flavor, it's best to eat seasonal foods.
In season foods are also higher in vitamins and minerals. When a fruit or vegetable is harvested, it automatically begins to lose nutrients. The further food has to travel, the more nutrients it loses. Not only that, exposure to heat, sun, and air tend to reduce nutrition content even further. You can get berries in the middle of winter, but they probably were grown in a different hemisphere and won't be nearly as tasty or nutritious as the ones you can purchase mid-summer. Not to mention the price tag will likely be incredibly high! It's best to stick with seasonal produce and here are some of the healthiest, and tastiest, fall favorites to try this season.