What’s in season and why does it matter?

 In GiantLeaps

Download our new seasonal guide for fruit and veggies 

To be honest the last few weeks feel as if the world has stopped. Streets are almost empty, many of our partners have had to close their operations and even the GiantLeaps headquarters has slowed down. But interestingly enough, the world itself hasn’t. This weekend was one of amazing spring weather. Birds can be heard building their nests and the tulip fields here in The Netherlands ar starting to bloom. Spring is here. Seasons keep on coming and evolving, not only in nature but also in our food chain. Eating seasonal is one of the four pillars of eating climate friendly. Find out why below, and a link to our new seasonal calendar to help you choose seasonal fruit and veg.

The climate impact of a food product is determined by the inputs that are needed to get that product to a state where it can be eaten. For fruit and vegetables this means the inputs needed for them to grow. Every plant has its ideal circumstances to grow, where it needs the least amount of help to reach full potential. Some might need sandy grounds, other need full sun and warmth. Growing fruit and veg outside of their preferred season requires extra inputs in the form of fertilizer, nutrients, electricity if they’re in a greenhouse. The difference in climate impact of a Dutch strawberry out of season is nine times as high as the impact of a Dutch strawberry in season.

Being more at home means – for many – having more time to think about what you cook. We noticed a rise in questions coming in about which veggies are currently in season. Therefor, we have created a downloadable calendar for you to print out and hang on your fridge (okay, or inside of your kitchen cabinet in case it doesn’t match your interior design).

This calendar is applicable to The Netherlands, and therefor is in Dutch. But do let us know if you have requests for other areas as well! You can download the calendar by clicking here.

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