Food swap #4 Veggies from supermarket with veggies from local sabziwalla (vegetable vendor)
I know the convenience of going to the supermarket and stocking up all the local and exotic vegetables and fruits. But buying vegetables from the local sabziwalla is anytime a better option for the following reasons:
- The local vendor stocks the seasonal produce. Eating seasonal produce is a great way to stock up on the nutrients required during that period.Buying imported produce from supermarkets is not a good idea as the produce has travelled a great distance and has lost its many nutrients. Also, it may not be seasonal.
- The local vendor doesn’t have a storage place so usually he buys small quantity and sells it off. The supermarkets have enough space to stock the produce and hence we end up getting stale stuff.
- The vegetables and fruits from the local vendor are crunchier and firmer compared to the (often wilted) vegetables from the supermarket.
So eat local and think global 🙂