Eat with the seasons and save
One of the easiest ways to save money on your food bill is to base your meals around in-season produce.
While we can get pretty much any item of produce in year-round supply at the supermarket these days, when fruit, veges and herbs are in season they’re at their most plentiful and therefore cheapest so you save on your food bill if you’re eating seasonally. As an added bonus, produce at the peak of its season is also at its tastiest and most nutritious.
Growing your own fruit, veges and herbs is the best way to appreciate nature’s cycles but shopping at farmers’ markets or getting weekly produce boxes will also give you a good feel for what’s at its peak – from asparagus and strawberries in spring and nectarines, basil and sweetcorn in summer to feijoas and pumpkins in autumn and leeks and citrus in winter.
I’ve prepared some month-by-month charts to show you when all your favourite fruit, veges and herbs are at their peak – and their most inexpensive.
To download the seasonal fruit, vege and herb charts in printable PDF form click here.
Eating with the natural rhythm of the seasons allows us to celebrate and enjoy each season’s unique harvests, while also reaping the benefits of affordable eating – the very definition of running our kitchens resourcefully.