Eat Food in Season: February

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By purchasing and eating food that is in season, you will not only be saving money at the grocers, you will be saving the environment. Produce that is not in season has to be transported to your grocers. That transportation cost is passed on to you!

Take the case of grapes. The grapes I am seeing in my market are from Chile – and the price is 3 times as high as it was this Fall when the grapes were American grown!

What fruits and vegetables are in season that should you be buying in February to save both money and transportation oil?

Broccoli – Look for broccoli without any yellow on the florets. Store in the fridge and plan to use within a few days.

Cauliflower – When picking cauliflower, look for a head with the leaves tight to the flower. The top should be snowy white – without any brown or yellow spots. It will last about a week if you store it in the fridge.

Citrus – Oranges, lemons, grapefruit, and clementines are cheap, flavorful, and plentiful at this time of year. You can keep citrus on the counter for a few days, but then it should go to live in your fridge. Try to buy citrus that is heavy for its size and that has no white mildew.

My family has loved all the citrus this year! I think the grapefruit keeps getting sweeter, and sweeter. And isn’t it great that fruit that is loaded in vitamin C happen to be in season during cold/flu season?

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