When you walk in to a supermarket today, you can probably find every major fruit and vegetable in stock, flown in from different corners of the world. Global trade is great! But, should you care about eating what’s “in season” and grown locally?
Freshness: Produce that’s in season and grown locally is most flavorful, fresh and nutritious. It may not always be possible to shop for all your produce at a farmer’s market, but it’s certainly worth the trip from time to time.
Variety: Eating seasonally automatically incorporates variety in your diet. This can be fun for your taste buds and help you get well rounded in your micronutrient consumption, helping you diverge from a beef-and-broccoli routine.
Price: Local, seasonal produce is cheaper. Whatever you see in abundance, at a farmer’s market or produce section, is typically in season.
Summer recipes are usually light and cooling in texture and flavor – grilled meat or grilled/steamed fish with fresh herbs and vegetables. Below is a quick guide to some summer produce-shopping:
– Vegetables: Asparagus, avocado, beets, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplants, lettuce, sweet onions, peppers
– Fruits: Berries, canteloupe, cherries, figs, peaches, plums, watermelons
– Fresh herbs
Here is a list of farmers markets in Houston: https://www.visithoustontexas.com/shopping/farmers-markets/
In addition to farmers markets and the neighborhood HEB/Kroger, ethnic grocery stores are good places to find interesting varieties of produce. A couple of the stores close to the gym: Ranch 99 Market, Super H Mart.