Sourcing, storing and preparing the best of the season’s vegetables

Fresh beet on wooden background

Here at SimplyCook, we love cooking with seasonal produce. We’re loving our Iranian Vegetable Stew at this time of the year for the wonderful butternut squash and the Korean Bokkeumbap for the farmers’ freshest cabbage.
While it’s easy to pick up a sweet potato and pop it in the oven, there are some other nutritious and flavourful vegetables which sometimes get forgotten about. We’ve come up with a couple of favourites that we’ll show you how to pick the best ones from the market, how to store, prepare and serve them up!

First though, here are 3 reasons why we think it’s great to eat vegetables in their season:

1. Availability (…and low price!)

Other than the undeniable fact that seasonal produce is not only easier to get your hands on due to its bountiful abundance, it’s also much cheaper to buy during its peak time of the year because there’s so much of it go round.

close-up of fresh cabbage grow on field

2. Flavour. Flavour. Flavour.

In addition to this bonus, the most important reason why we should be eating vegetables in season is that they taste so much better when they’re grown and freshly picked in season too! They get the sunlight they require to fully ripen and achieve their optimum flavour, filling them with all the nutrients and antioxidants and crisp juiciness.

Organic pumpkin field in evening before sunset.

3. It’s good for the environment

When vegetables are grown in their season, they don’t always need the extra help of pesticides and other chemical boosts. You don’t necessarily have to buy organic veg if you try to buy them in season. These vegetables are more likely to have been grown locally too, so you don’t have to worry about the carbon footprint of asparagus travelling all the way from Peru.

freshly picked swedes

The natural cycle of produce is perfectly design to support our health!
Apples are ready to be picked after the summer, the perfect fruit to help us cool down and get rid of excess body heat after the summer, ready for winter. Kale and other leafy greens come into their own in January, helping us detox after a winter of heavy foods, and cucumber and watermelon are excellent in the early summer, getting us ready for the warmer weather etc.

So here are our favourite vegetables that don’t always get the best rep. Here are our suggestions for picking the best ones, storing them well, preparing them and eating them of course! Pls share your ideas with us too in the comments below!

Fresh beet on wooden background

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fresh raw organic green brussel sprouts

So there we have it! Let us know if we’ve missed any of your favourite seasonal vegetables!