Four seasons provide many different local fruits and vegetables. We tell you what you can buy and when and what benefits local products offer.
- Only naturally ripened fruits and vegetables are full of flavor . With an early harvest, for example of strawberries, the typical odor development no longer takes place. That’s why tomatoes sometimes just taste watery.
- The shorter the transport , the fresher the product and the longer it can be kept. Strawberries lose vitamin C, aroma and flavor after a short time. Of course you also save the energy needed for transport.
- Seasonal fruits and vegetables are often cheaper than products imported from abroad. There is really no need to go to a local farmers market to buy seasonal vegetables. Many supermarkets also stock seasonal products from small farmers in the region.
- Strawberries are of course best in the summer. If you feel like having a strawberry in February, but want to eat it seasonally, you really have to be patient.
- But once the season starts, we can hardly escape the real Dutch strawberries. We prefer to eat them every day! And that for next to nothing.
You can also freeze many fruits and vegetables . With pome fruits, make sure you remove the pit before you freeze them. You can also chop and freeze larger vegetables, such as a pumpkin.
(March 21 – June 20)
In the spring we enjoy all kinds of vegetables and leaf salads. A lot of tasty soft fruit is for sale, especially in spring. By the way: Did you know that rhubarb is a vegetable? Still, it is mostly used in pies or jams.
Vegetables: Cauliflower, broccoli, fennel, peas, zucchini, spring onion, red cabbage, radish.
Fruits: Cherries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries.
(June 21 – September 20)
In the summer you will find the largest variety of fruits and vegetables. This is how the strawberry season starts and even some potatoes are typical summer products. And that is good, because the Dutch eat an average of 53 kg of potatoes per year.
Vegetables : Artichoke, eggplant, beetroot, bell pepper, arugula, tomatoes, spinach, corn, iceberg lettuce.
Fruit : Apples, apricots, plums, cherries, strawberries, blackberries, grapes, blueberries, raspberries.
(September 21 – December 20)
Most summer vegetables are also available in the fall. But the soft summer fruit is really over and is making way for crispy chestnuts.
Vegetables : Pumpkin, carrot, onion, spinach, Brussels sprouts, parsnips, kohlrabi, green beans, lamb’s lettuce.
Fruit : Apples, pears, chestnuts, plum, quince.
(December 21 – March 20)
Winter is probably the season with the fewest fruits and vegetables. Still, you can make delicious stews from root vegetables and various types of cabbage. Fresh fruit is actually not available this season. But if you’ve been smart, you’ll have enough apples stocked up in the fall to get through the winter.
Vegetables : Lamb’s lettuce, kale, parsnip, savoy.
Fruit : Apples.
- Seasonal grocery shopping brings benefits to your health because the products contain more vitamins . In addition, it is better for the environment and promotes the local economy .
- In summer and autumn you have the most choice of fruits and vegetables.
- You can also freeze or store most things well , so that you can still eat them in the winter and spring.