Do you look forward to Fall produce every year? Pumpkins, apples, squashes… there are so many delicious produce options that we wait all year long for that Fall delivers. Pumpkin season is officially here, and while pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin pies might not be the healthiest options –pumpkins are excellent for creating hearty, warming soups in your slow cooker that will boost your health and immune systems. You can also make a delicious and healthy snack out of roasting the seeds.
Aside from the great pumpkin, here are some more fall seasonal produce you should snap up from your local farmers market to put on your table.
Like pumpkins, we see a lot of apple-based recipes in fall. But let’s not forget that fall is prime apple season too. You can enjoy the fresh-picked taste of this ultimate natural health food right out of your fruit bowl, sliced and topped with natural nut butter, or even added to your salads.
Why should kale get all the attention? Get an organic batch of winter greens that are either mixed or separate with collard greens, mustard greens, or turnip greens. These greens all have plenty of vitamins and minerals plus loads of antioxidants. Make them into salads, sauté them and top them with baked fish, or add them to your soups and stews for more nutrition this fall.
Juicy and delicious, pomegranates are a superb fall choice. They do take some effort to eat, but the effort is entirely worth it. You can also garnish your salads with them for a bright pop of color.
There are so many types of pears. Bartlett pears are among the most wellknown of them, but your farmers market may have a different, lesser-known variety to try and love. They’re juicy and enjoyable on their own but if you want a dessert that tastes sinful without wrecking your goals, try poaching your pears for a genuinely classy finish.
Fun fact: sweet potatoes are not yams or related to potatoes. Bake them up with some cinnamon to enjoy their custardy texture and sweetness without the guilt!
Pumpkin technically falls into the squash category, but the others you shouldn’t miss are acorn, spaghetti, and butternut. They are hearty and healthy, not to mention delicious.
They almost look like underripe tomatoes but look closely and you’ll see they’re persimmons. Most supermarkets don’t carry them, even in the height of its season. Look for them at your local farmers market. They make a great snack!
While they stain, beets cooked or raw are a root veggie that you shouldn’t miss. You can buy them pre-made in your produce section to make them even easier to consume. They’re amazing on salads with a little crumble of goat cheese and walnuts for good measure.
Make the most of the season’s bounty, and you’ll be making the most of your grocery budget, not to mention, the most of your health too!