Fall is upon us, and we’re ready to bundle up with a bowl of warm, nourishing food. The good news: there’s plenty to be found at your farmer’s market! Summertime may seem the ideal time for harvesting fruits and vegetables, but there are some amazing crops that come into season in autumn. It is nice to tune in and take cue from the natural transitions happening in the world around us to help guide us to which foods to eat. This transitional season showcases the plants changing from juicy, watery summer produce to drier and denser, like root vegetables. Eating the correct foods in season can help you remain grounded during this season of change, and help you cultivate more warming, inner energy.
Purchasing produce that is in season provides many other benefits as well that often include cheaper prices, increased variety, and fresher fruits and vegetables. Check out the list below to find some of the best produce that are in season during the autumn months, and why/how you should be adding them to your plate:
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Collard greens are high in fiber and are great for skin health due to high Vitamin A content. They can help prevent constipation and promote regularity. Eat raw as a “wrap” alternative, or steam/saute.
Swiss Chard is loaded with vitamins and nutrients including vitamin K and C, and the minerals magnesium, manganese, iron, potassium, and coper. Basically, you want this on your plate as it is a nutritional powerhouse. Add to stews, eggs, or steam/saute.
Brussels sprouts are loaded with vitamins and minerals, and are fantastic for the body’s detox system. They also help fight inflammation. Roast, steam, or saute, as they are easier to digest if they are cooked.
Radishes are part of the cruciferous vegetable family (like brussels sprouts and broccoli), which are known for containing anti-cancer properties. They are loaded with Vitamin C which helps fight inflammation and boosts your immunity. Eat raw as a crunchy snack, or add to sautes or stews for a nice pungent flavor.
Celeriac contains high amounts of dietary fiber, which is needed for proper digestion and metabolism. It is a good source of vitamins B6 and B5, which can help the production of energy as well. Roast or boil and mash with fresh herbs for a nice alternative to white mashed potatoes.
Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium. They have anti-inflammatory properties and are beneficial for liver health. Roast, steam, saute, or juice the root and greens.
Winter squash varieties and pumpkin are rich in beta carotene, which our bodies use to make vitamin A. This helps vision, bone growth and reproduction. Roast, saute, or add to soups/stews.
Fennel contains tons of phytonutrients and antioxidants. It is high in fiber which helps colon health. Eat raw as a crunchy snack or in a salad, or saute, roast, or add to sauces for a nice flavor kick.
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Persimmons contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. They are also high in b-complex vitamins which boost energy, and immune boosting vitamin C. Eat alone, add to salads, or use the juice in marinades/dressings.
Figs are a great source of potassium and dietary fiber. They may help lower blood pressure naturally, and can aid in weight loss. Eat fresh or dried, and add to savory or sweet dishes. They can be poached, but are usually enjoyed raw with desserts, breakfast bowls, or added to salads.
Raspberries contain some of the highest amounts of antioxidants compared to other produce, and are loaded with phytonutrients that help fight free radicals. Enjoy raw, add to smoothies, or to savory dishes as well.
Cape Gooseberries are high in vitamin A and C, and provide as good dose of antioxidants. Make sure to only eat when they are fully ripe, and remove the skin around the fruit inside. Eat raw and add to breakfast bowls, salads, or make a “chutney” to go on top of proteins.
Apples are loaded with fiber and antioxidants. They have their reputation for a reason, and are undoubtably the most well known produce on this list. Fall is their season to shine, so eat up! Enjoy raw as a snack, stew with spices for a health dessert, or add to any savory or sweet dish.