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Infographic of the Day: The Seasonal Food Calendar

An easy-to-use chart for finding a low-carbon shopping list.

eat seasonably calendar

Eating vegetables in season makes sense, because the amount of energy used to get a blueberry from a neighboring state is a tiny fraction of one flown in from Chile. Local veggies will likely taste better, too. But grocery stores don't make it easy.

The solution is a food calender, and this is the most intuitive one we've seen. Granted, it's not that good looking, but the pinwheel shows what's in season by month; the outermost ring shows what's particularly delicious at that time:

eat seasonably calendar

On the left, there's a a chart showing the seasonality of each vegetable (the colors represent the season):

eat seasonably calendar

What's cooler is that at Eat Seasonably, you can download the poster, sized to three types of printer paper--or simply look at the online, interactive version.

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  • Jesse Poe

    This is an awesome chart, I have already printed it and hung it on my fridge.

    Eating in season and locally can do so much not only for the environment but also for your health, building your immunity to local allergens and also giving you the right nutrients for the right time of year (yes that does exist!).

    There are even more effects, there is another great chart showing the carbon footprint of different foods at : http://dmdinsight.com/blogs/po...

  • Bryant Turnage

    David makes the point I was thinking about. This gives no indication of where this is relevant. Surely the growing seasons are different in the Midwest than in California, or in the U.K. versus Australia.

  • David Dawson

    It doesn't seem that the chart gives any sense of "where" these fruits and vegetables are in season...actually, looking at the website, it looks like these are for in season fruits and veggies in the UK? Everything is "in season" somewhere... the whole point of eating in season is doing it locally.