(September 26, 2020)--From the juiciness of strawberries in summer to the earthy goodness of pumpkins in the fall, there’s something special about eating fruit and vegetables that are in season.
As well as being environmentally friendly, seasonal produce is more nutritious and has a greater depth of flavor. It’s also a great way to vary your diet throughout the year, rather than eating the same tired old meals month after month.
But as the summer fades and the dusky fall evenings arrive, what should you be eating now? Here’s a look at some delicious fruit and veg that is in season throughout fall.
What Fruits and Veg Are in Season During Fall?
Modern techniques in agriculture mean that many foods are available all year round. However, there’s something special about eating them in their natural season.
Some of the best seasonal fruit and veg to buy in the fall include:
- Sweet potatoes
- Fresh garlic
- Carrots and beetroot
- Cauliflower and broccoli
- Cabbage and winter greens
- Apples and pears
The crops of these fruit and veg harvested in fall will be noticeably riper and sweeter than at other times of the year. For example, grapes are juicier and cabbage less bitter; this makes the ingredients far more versatile for when you’re planning your family meals.
Try it for yourself and taste the difference - there’s nothing tastier than fruit and veg that is in season!
Where to Find Fruit and Veg and Get Inspiration for Fall Recipes?
The great part about eating seasonal produce is that it’s much easier to find. Remember those farmers’ markets where you bought your summer ingredients? Just head to the same places and you’ll be able to take your pick of fresh fall fruit and veg as well.
When you’re buying your fruit and veg, you might be able to get some ideas from the markets about dishes you’d like to make. Don’t be shy about asking for inspiration; the stallholders often have great suggestions about how to make best use of their products.
Of course, it’s not always possible to buy from a farmer’s market. Seasonal fruit and veg can be bought easily - and very cheaply - at your local supermarket too. Most supermarkets such as Kroger, Target or Publix offer a selection of weekly deals, which provide a simple and quick way to get the most competitive prices. You’ll also find inspiration for your ingredients by browsing through what’s on offer, a convenient 24/7 source of ideas.
Our Top Recipes for Fall
The rich, intense flavors of fruit and veg that have been picked in season means that you don’t need to pick complicated recipes to enjoy a delicious meal. Keep it simple and make your fruit or veg the star of the dish and you’ll be amazed at the result. You might even convince the kids to eat more of the good stuff.
Here are a few of our personal favorites:
Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Soup
Who doesn’t love a bowl of steaming soup when the weather has started to feel chilly? This recipe includes a number of autumn harvests, including sweet potato, carrot, cauliflower and garlic. It has an incredible creamy taste and is completely vegan so can be enjoyed by all. You can find a step-by-step guide here.
Autumn Braised Chicken with Roasted Apple and Grapes
For cozy, comfort food, you won’t find better than this dish. It includes a few autumnal stars from our list including apples, grapes and garlic. Coupled with chicken and some other ingredients you can find here together with the instructions, it’s a tangy feast that will delight your tastebuds.
Pomegranate with Pears and Goats’ Cheese
Taking only five minutes to prep, this delicious combination is ideal for dessert, breakfast or even a snack. With both pears and pomegranate being stars of the fall, this showcases their sweet and simple taste. To create this dish, halve and core four pears before filling with goats cheese (you’ll need about 2oz). Drizzle some honey over the top before sprinkling with pomegranate seeds – ‘easy peasy’!
Make these dishes to impress your next fall dinner guests!