The days are getting shorter, the temperature is falling, and the leaves are starting to turn… fall has arrived! While this is one of our favorite times of the year, let’s take a moment to mourn the end of fresh summer produce.
Ok, the moment is up because fall brings with it a whole new assortment of fresh fruits and veggies to start weaving into your meals! Below are some of our favorites and some tips on how to select and prepare them!
There are a TON of different squashes to choose from in the fall. Acorn, Butternut, spaghetti, the list goes on and on! Pick the variety you want and look for firm skin and rich coloring. Squash is perfect for roasting and goes great in salads, as a side or pureed in a soup with fresh herbs and a dash of milk or cream.
Did you know that 1 cup of broccoli contains as much vitamin c as an orange? Talk about an instant boost to your immune system! When selecting broccoli at the store, try to find bunches with deep green color and closed buds. Try it roasted or steamed and add some fresh lemon juice to give it some extra flavor!
Missing your fresh tomato? A Tomatillos is the perfect fall substitute! Pick ones that are firm and green with a tightly fitted, dry husk. The tart and acidic flavor are enhanced when cooked, so try them roasted in a salad or pureed to make salsa!
This is the best time of the year for grapes! They are an amazing healthy snack full of vitamins C and K. Look for plump grapes that are firmly attached to the stems. Try them on their own or throw some in the freezer to help bring out the sweetness.
Select pears that are fragrant and free of blemishes. The neck of the pear should be tender to the touch. They can be enjoyed on their own, baked, or poached. For a fall-themed dessert try baking them with cinnamon and currents.
Apples are the ultimate fall ingredient and with so many varieties, you’re bound to find one that you like. Make sure the skins are firm and smooth and store them in the fridge to help preserve flavor and texture. Try them on a charcuterie board with a nice brie, diced and sauteed in a curry sauce, or sprinkled with lemon juice and cinnamon for a sweet snack.
But why stop there? There are SO many more seasonal fruits and veggies to try! Carrots, artichokes, cauliflower, cranberries, leaks, figs, mushrooms, parsnips, pumpkins, pomegranates are all seasonal right now. Have fun exploring all the fall flavors!
Author: Courtney Zell, VASA Fitness Brand Marketing Director