In Season Natural Foods for the Autumn Months
Posted on Friday, October 26th, 2012 at 9:16 am
Fall marks the time of year when the weather begins to cool down, and we start spending more time indoors. As we huddle up next to our fireplaces or take a seat around the family table, we get to enjoy the tastes and smells that only this season can bring.
What Produce to Buy in the Fall
Shopping for seasonal fresh produce is the best way to save some money and ensure your produce is organic or all-natural. Following your taste buds is also another way to get into the spirit of whatever season you’re in. Whether you’re stocking up on your favorite fall items to enjoy right away, or you plan on canning, freezing, or preserving things for use later in the year, you won’t regret picking up a few extra items this autumn!
Below is a handy guide highlighting some fall favorites:
Pumpkin – As the autumn months approach, you may notice that many of your favorite products now come in a pumpkin or pumpkin spice flavor. Coffee, creamer, bread, snack bars, etc. are just a few examples of pumpkin flavored items. Pumpkin is excellent for baking delicious cookies, cupcakes, and breads. Of course, who couldn’t forget the Thanksgiving classic, pumpkin pie? There are tons of ways to enjoy the seeds, pulp, and skin, so you use all of the pumpkin.
Pears – This sweet fruit is another favorite every fall. Pear is delicious when baked into breads, pies, or cookies. It’s also fantastic sliced up and thrown into a salad. Pear is truly a versatile fruit, and makes a delicious, healthy, midday snack!
Apples – Who doesn’t love to snack on a crisp, juicy apple? This ruby fruit can be sliced up and enjoyed alone or baked into good old American apple pie. You can also make delicious warm apple cider to warm you up this season. The possibilities are endless!
Broccoli – This oddly shaped vegetable is high in fiber, vitamin C, calcium and iron. It’s the perfect side to add to any dish to make it a complete, balanced meal. It can be enjoyed raw as a snack, or you can steam it up and season it however you like.
Other fruits and vegetables in season during the autumn include cauliflower, beetroot, chicory, parsnips, watercress, turnips, potatoes, onions, leeks, kale, garlic, fennel, celery, carrots, butternut squash, artichoke, elderberries, chestnuts, plums, and quince.
No matter how you decide to enjoy any of your fall favorites, you family, dinner guests, and taste buds will love savoring in the flavors of the fall!