Monday, March 22, 2021

Mapping Seasonal Fruit & Veg

If you are keen on lowering your carbon footprint then you should try to eat local and seasonal food when possible. Now a new European-wide interactive map can help you discover which fruits and vegetables are both local and in season.

Last week the European Food Information Council launched Europe's first interactive map of seasonal fruit and vegetables. The Explore Seasonal Fruit and Vegetables in Europe map allows you to select a month and a country to discover all the fruit and vegetables which should be in season in your chosen country. Buying and eating these locally grown seasonal foods can help you to develop a sustainable diet. 

The Explore Seasonal Fruit and Vegetables in Europe interactive map also includes a climate layer, which shows the six European climate regions. Each of these climate regions has different weather conditions over a long period of time. The climate regions obviously effect when the different fruits and vegetables are in season across the different regions of Europe.

You can learn more about local and regional foods and dishes on the TasteAtlas. The TasteAtlas is an interactive map which allows you to explore the local foods, dishes, tastes and cuisine of any location in the world. Using the map you can search different locations to discover the kinds of things the locals like to eat and drink. It is a great way to discover the tastes of different regions of the world and, at the same time, get a little inspiration about what to have for dinner tonight.

A great feature of TasteAtlas is that you can search the map for individual foods. For example here is the cheese map of the world and here is the bread map of the world. Search for a particular type of food and you can zoom-in on the map to discover the local varieties available at different locations. For example, on the cheese map you can zoom-in on France to discover all the local varieties of cheese available in different regions of the country. Or, if you search for the pasta map of the world, you can find out which different types of pasta come from the different regions of Italy.

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