Posted on July 24 2020
The fields and gardens are currently bursting with fresh food. Whether seasonal vegetables, fruits or grains – they are harvested abundantly, even near you. So why consume exotic food when there is enough around here?
Due to globalization, we can consume fruits, vegetables and other foods from all over the world every day. The normal consumer lives better than just a few decades ago rich people, tropical fruits and exotic foods are always available, but "normal" types of fruit are also available all year round.
Out-of-season products: environmental damage included
The wide range of products offered by supermarkets has its price. Because the sweet exotics travel halfway around the world. Even strawberries in winter are only possible thanks to a long supply chain. What seems so tempting at first glance is damaging the environment through the CO2 emissions of the greenhouses and means of transport – and robs us of the pleasure of looking forward to the seasons with their fresh fruit and vegetables.
The taste is also decidedly lacking in products that are harvested and cooled while still unripe. Industrial cultivation on a large scale also involves the use of fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides, which are far from being fully identified for the end consumer. As a result, in the end the products are far from tasting as good as a sun-warmed fruit from the region, which ends up on the market stall almost immediately from the tree or bush.
Seasonal should always also be regional
However, it is not simply a matter of eating a seasonal food. Because somewhere in the world it is always summery warm. Only those who buy from regional producers do themselves and the environment good. Regionally grown and produced food only covers short distances. They can be harvested, offered and bought fresh, at the best possible time.
For the customer, this means receiving a vegetable or fruit of optimum quality – just as if they had just been harvested in their own garden. Not only vitamins, nutrients and taste surpass the widely travelled fruit from the supermarket. Preservatives are also not necessary for regional products.
More transparency for regional suppliers
Those who buy at the weekly market or in the farm shop can usually find out where their food comes from without much trouble. Here it becomes clear how short the distances within the region are – and this of course also means that the producers earn more because fewer intermediaries are involved in transport and distribution. For the customer this means not only knowing where goods come from. They get much more value for their money.
Better nutrition thanks to regional products
When shopping within your own region, you learn to pay attention to the changing seasons. In addition, fresh products also taste best freshly cooked. With products from the region, you will quickly develop a taste for cooking delicious, high-quality dishes. This does not have to be laborious, on the contrary, in this way even die-hard fast food fans can get to know the joys of cooking. And the body thanks you with more well-being and a better overall state of health.
What is fresh from the region?
In Europe, too, you can cook in a variety of seasonal ways – and look forward to fresh produce from the surrounding area. These include vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes or zucchini, but also fruit.
Seasonal tables can be found online. Domestic products include
- Potatoes: all year round
- Asparagus: April to June
- Strawberries: June to August
- Apples: July to May
- Tomatoes: June to October
- Grapes: September to November
- Pumpkins: October to November
- Chicory: November to April
You can grow many local products yourself. Fruit trees also thrive in small gardens and bear fruit after only a few years. Shrubs such as currants, raspberries or blueberries can also be cultivated in the garden, just like most vegetables. By the way, many "exotics" are also quite adaptable. The popular kiwis also grow in our latitudes. And those who do not have their own garden do not have to remain inactive. With a high bed, you can always harvest herbs, radishes and cucumbers fresh from the balcony! Even beginners can do the gardening – and the products are worth seeing.
Regional for the win!
Regional food stands for a variety of advantages: transparent, short supply chains, often personal contact with the producer, optimal ripening and harvesting times and good quality for the price. Consumers learn to appreciate the change of products throughout the year, and producers benefit from higher demand – they can reinvest, develop their supply and remain viable. Smaller farms in particular, including many suppliers that operate sustainably, can only survive thanks to demand in the region.At NIKIN, of course, we focus on sustainable materials in the fashion industry and fight against global deforestation. But we also want to motivate people to rethink their own lifestyles – especially when it comes to nutrition, choosing products from the region is an important step towards a better world.