Eating with the seasons is one of the best ways to get the optimum nutrition and taste from your food. But when you’re sitting in that restaurant or visiting your local shop, how do you know which of the foods on offer are actually in season right now?
Well, if you have an iPhone, you can now find out at the touch of a button with ‘Seasons’, a new iPhone app created by Christian Klotz and Saskia Schmidt.
Behind the Seasons App
Christian and Saskia are passionate about eating with the seasons and used to go to farmers’ market every week. They started their iPhone app just for fun, but it soon blossomed into an indispensable guide to seasonal fruit and veg – a harvest calendar for the whole year that you can put in your pocket.
After completing their first calendar – a guide to the German fruit and veg season – they continued to cover the different growing seasons of the UK, Ireland, France and the US. Now, using GPS/WLAN, the finished app will auto detect the region you are in and covers West and Central Europe, UK and Ireland, the US and Canada.
How Does it Work?
If you click the star icon, you’ll get a complete overview of what fruits and vegetables should be available right now. You’ll be given several categories to choose from, from a screen featuring four stacked pallets. From here you can find food at the beginning of its season, food in season, food at the end of its season and food that is always in season.
Touch the relevant pallet section and you’ll be given a list of the foods available in that category, each with a photograph for easy identification. Select a food and you will be presented with further information on its growing season, history and uses.
As well as finding foods in season right now, the Seasons app also gives you the choice of searching by month, category and keyword. This is really handy if you want to plan in advance.
Gardeners will also find it a handy tool for helping them plan their crops to make the best use of their plot.
In all the app covers 170 foods spanning fruits, vegetables, lettuces, herbs, fungi and nuts.
How to Get the Seasons iPhone App
If you are interested in the Seasons iPhone app you can find out more information about it here. The app is currently being sold for just £1.19 ($1.99/€1.59) from the Apple App Store and through iTunes.