Monday, 28th January 2019
If you’ve ever eaten a caprese salad in the south of Italy in the heat of summer, you’ll have experienced first-hand the Italian folklore that fresh is best. Four simple ingredients, arranged- not even cooked, that taste like summer. You’ll also know if you’ve ever tried to recreate it outside of the Italian summer that this is a silly, fruitless idea- a sad medley of bland tomatoes, ‘mozzarella,’ and limp basil swimming in olive oil. Che schifo.
To eat fresh food means you have to work with the seasonal produce of your local area, and though the Italians are blessed with fertile volcanic soils, you might be surprised to find the local repertoire goes beyond the Great British potato. Eating seasonally means that on the surface what you can buy will be limited, but within what is available you’re likely to find a larger variety, especially if you’re buying directly from the producer, not a supermarket.
Not only does fresh generally taste better, it can be more beneficial for your health as it gives you the opportunity to avoid chemical preservatives and to consume food at it’s nutritional peak. Just try to make sure it’s organic- look for the Soil Association badge to be sure.
Environmentally speaking, buying locally is the smart option. By decreasing the gap between farm and fork, food miles and therefore unnecessary carbon footprint, are significantly reduced. Plus you're supporting local businesses and community over greedy conglomerates.
If you're still not convinced, with Brexit import tariffs on the horizon, you may have to learn to eat seasonally regardless. If you don't have a clue about seasonal eating, now's the time to start learning.
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