Is it okay to buy imported produce when fresh fruits and vegetables are not in season in my area?

Source: Laura Gaines

While it is exciting to find bright, shiny nectarines in the middle of February, out-of-season fruits and vegetables may be more heavily sprayed and treated for more-consistent results and to survive shipping long distances. If the produce was not grown in the U.S., there is also a possibility that it was treated with a chemical that is banned for use in the U.S.

If you find yourself craving produce that is not in season, I recommend a tropical vacation or a trip to the frozen fruit and vegetable aisle.