There are some very good reasons for eating fruit that is locally grown and in season. They all hinge around the concept that if something is out of season where you live, then it had to travel (often a great distance) to get to you. For fruit to travel it must be picked prior to optimum ripeness, this helps the fruit not be damaged in transport or arrive rotten. And when fruit is picked before it is fully ripe you lose out on flavor and nutrients. Shipping fruit all over the country and world also consumes vast amounts of energy, this can raise the cost of these items and certainly has a negative impact on the environment. Seasonal fruit is healthier, cheaper, better for the environment and tastes way better!