In the modern culinary marketplace, we’ve turned the laws of nature on their head -- virtually any food is available on demand, regardless of whether it’s in season. But is there any reason why we should eliminate out-of-season food products from our diets?
Take a moment and consider this: when was the last time you were told that you couldn’t have your favorite dish because its main ingredient was out of season? Unless you frequent organic restaurants that strictly stick to local ingredients, you’ve likely never encountered that problem. Along with countless other modern day conveniences, we’ve developed methods to circumvent the natural, seasonal patterns of food production.
While this uninterrupted state of post-harvest plenty has been a major boon to society in many ways, the question remains: what are the repercussions of this 24/7 access to out-of-season foods?