By: Gina Mogar
The hot, summer weather is finally coming to an end as we approach the month of October. From crisp mornings and football games to Halloween and Thanksgiving, the Fall season has a lot to offer, including a new yield of produce! Like the soon-to-be Fall foliage, produce is changing too. Say goodbye to fresh berries and tomatoes and say hello to apples, cabbage and much more! The autumn harvest brings a variety of healthy, warm and delicious fruits and vegetables that can be used to make your Fall meals amazing.
Apples are a typical Fall favorite. Not only are they delicious to eat but they pack a punch of nutrients. Apples are loaded with antioxidants and soluble fiber which will help keep you full. They also have been linked to lowering cholesterol and preventing heart disease. Find a local farm to go apple picking to get some exercise too- an added bonus!
Similar to apples, pears are another Fall crop. Bosc and Bartlett are among the most popular grown. Pears have soluble fiber, vitamins and minerals which make it a healthy, satisfying and sweet snack option. For some variation try grilling pears or chopping them into a salad!
Cabbage and Brussels sprouts are both full of vitamins K and C which support bone health, protect your immune system and prevent against certain diseases. In addition, Brussels sprouts are a good source of protein, iron and potassium.
Whenever you hear ‘Fall’ the word pumpkin immediately comes to mind! The pumpkin, Fall’s signature squash, can provide you with more than just a Jack-O-Lantern. Pumpkins are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals and have no saturated fat. They are versatile in that they can be prepared in many different ways, including soups, breads, pastas and of course, pie! The seeds of pumpkins also full of antioxidants, protein and some vitamins and minerals. When you pick out a pumpkin to carve this year, be sure to get an extra one to munch on!
Fall is a lovely time to spend outdoors in the brisk weather picking apples, taking hayrides and having bonfires. It is also a great time to visit your local farmer's market, apple orchard and pumpkin patch to load up on the newest harvest! Here is a list of more Fall produce: