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Healthy Fall Eating: Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

Fall is upon us! And with the passage of the seasons, we can look forward to the best marker of time there is: seasonal food. Eating seasonally has recently become the “fashion,” and why shouldn’t it be? Naturally-ripened produce has a higher concentration of vitamins and deeper flavor, resulting in more delicious food. Not only that, but eating in season means you’re supporting local growers, which is both environmentally- and economically-friendly! Below we have compiled a list of the best produce available in the fall.

Fall Fruits

Grapes

Small, sweet, and nearly-impossible to eat without feeling like an extra in a movie about a Roman emperor. These fruits are decadent, and are a favorite for children.

Figs

Soft, delicate, and unctuous, these fruits are a real treat. Their flavor is subtle, but the reason they are not more common is they are too delicate to transport for very long. If you find figs, definitely consider buying a few!

Apples

The king of fall fruits! Apples are their healthiest and sweetest in fall, with a variety of crisp flavors to choose from. They include:

  • Red Delicious
  • Green
  • Golden
  • Fiji

Fall Vegetables

Brussel Sprouts

Dense and meaty (despite being made of leaves), these fall vegetables are a holiday staple. When sautéed or roasted, their sweet and savory flavor is released. Tip: brussel sprouts are amazing cooked with balsamic vinegar.

Broccoli

The stereotypical dread of every child, broccoli is actually quite earthy and delicious when roasted, stir-fried, or just quickly boiled and seasoned. They are also incredibly healthy because they are packed with vitamins. Perhaps less so when covered in ranch dressing.

Beets

Despite being a root vegetable (like potatoes), beets have a low glycemic load (which means they contain very little carbohydrate sugars per 10 gram portion). They also have a wonderful balance of flavors between the earthiness of roots and mild fruity sweetness. Some desserts would be served well by beets, which is rarely true of any tuber except carrots.

There is much more fall produce available this season, so visit your local farmers market to see what is available in your area!

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