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Seasonal fruits and vegetables

January 13, 2011 | Filed under Healthy living

There is always a wonderfully colourful array of fruit and veg as you enter the supermarket. So how do you choose what to buy for your dinner from this range?

Personal or family tastes are the obvious starting point.

Cost and freshness are important factors too.

So how do you buy your family’s favourite fruit and vegetables without overspending your grocery budget?

The key thing to remember is that when there is a good supply of fruit or veg, the price will be lower.  The plentiful supply coincides with the high growth season and good weather.  Have you noticed that after a period of rain or stormy weather, the price of veg will skyrocket?

To avoid paying high prices, it’s worth learning and remembering what is fresh in what season.

You won’t get that information from the supermarket shelves as fruit and vegetables are imported from other countries when they are out of season in New Zealand.  Often imported fruit and veg are not so flavoursome as those locally grown so if its flavour you want (and you can’t grow your own) check for the country of origin.

Here are some guidelines for New Zealand.

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