As we transition from summer to fall and begin thinking about eating seasonally, here are some autumn fruits and veggies that you’ll begin to see popping up in your grocery stores. Some of this product is available year-round, but if you have a farmer’s market near you, start looking for this fresh produce as early as late summer. Get a jump on fall deliciousness and start incorporating some of these vegetables and fruits into your meals now.
Apples are abundant during the fall season with many varieties from which to choose. Apples are a versatile fruit that can be used in sweet as well as savory dishes. Apples are loaded with nutrients, fiber and are a great source of antioxidants. From ciders to desserts and from smoothies to salads, apples are a favorite way to celebrate the autumn season. Try this comforting Slow Cooker Apple Cider by Dinner At The Zoo. For a more savory experience, make this lovely Apple Walnut Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette by Little Broken.
Butternut squash is widely available year-round, but it’s traditionally a fall and winter vegetable. With its sweet and buttery flesh, butternut has a variety of uses. You’ll find it in stews, soups, pasta, and risottos just to name a few. It works well in savory dishes but can also be found incorporated into sweet dishes. You’ll love it in Cookie and Kate’s Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto and for a comforting hearty soup try Detoxinista’s Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup.
This cruciferous vegetable is available year-round, but its peak season is fall through early spring. Did you know that one cup of chopped broccoli provides well over 100 % of the daily requirement of vitamin K which is essential to good bone health? It’s also and an excellent source of fiber as well as a multitude of vitamins and nutrients such as B6, B1, potassium, copper, and manganese. It’s also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, protein, and zinc. Incorporate broccoli into your fall meal with this 15 Minute Sheet Pan Beef And Broccoli recipe from Averie Cooks. Try this amazing Broccoli Salad with a tangy dressing from Taste And Tell.
Cauliflower is sometimes referred to as broccoli’s cousin and the two are often found together in veggie medleys. Cauliflower is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, protein, vitamin K, and vitamin B6. It’s a great choice if you are on a low-carb diet. Skip the potatoes and try this Easy Cheesy Loaded Cauliflower Casserole by Wholesome Yum. For a zesty cauliflower experience, make these Grilled Cauliflower Steaks by Well Plated.
Pears, like apples, are abundant in the fall. Full of antioxidants, dietary fiber, and minerals, they are not only a sweet treat but healthy, too. Pears work in savory dishes as well as desserts. Pears can be grilled, baked, added to salads, and crafted into tarts and pies. One of the easiest and most scrumptious ways to enjoy pears this fall is with this Maple And Cinnamon Baked Pears recipe by Zesty Olive. Try this gorgeous Salad with Pomegranate, Pears, Pecans, & Brie by Five Heart Home.
With so many healthy and delicious fall fruits and vegetables available starting in late summer, you’ll have no trouble making the transition from warm weather to cooler temperatures with these delicious and versatile produce options to tempt your palate.