We really adore the food that comes out during the fall. Stews, soups, roasted veggies, baked (cookies) casseroles… it’s all simply warming, comforting and delicious. Filled with pumpkin, apples and squash, there’s really no way to go wrong.
There’s a ton of produce out there, however, that’s currently at its best yet is often forgotten this time of year. On top of that, these forgotten fruits and veggies are filled with vitamins and minerals to keep you strong all winter long. Fall produce is a bit heartier than summer varieties, meaning all the more room for tons of filling fiber and a slew of nutrients.
Beets can often get a bad rap, but prepared correctly, they can taste as sweet as candy! These root veggies are said to help lower cholesterol and are filled with a plethora of B-vitamins and iron.
Pears are the perfect way to satisfy your daily sweet tooth. An oft-forgotten cousin of the apple, pears are at their best during fall. These fruits are filled with fiber and can be used in everything from savory dinners to delicious baked desserts.
In the cabbage family, kohlrabi tastes a bit like a sweeter broccoli. Filled with phytochemicals (nutrients that are said to help prevent certain cancers), this veggie is delicious prepared as fries, thrown into soups or roasted in the oven with your favorite spices.
Sweet potatoes may already be on your fall produce list, but they’re so yummy and healthy that we had to include them. Filled with beta-carotene (great for eyesight) and a plethora of vitamins, it’s easy to feel-good with this white potato alternative.
Harvest season for grapefruit occurs from September to April, so they’re truly at their best during fall. Closely related to oranges, grapefruits are filled with vitamin C for a healthy immune system.
These root veggies are filled with fiber and are guaranteed to keep you fuller, longer. A cross between a cabbage and a turnip, these yummy rutabaga are great roasted with rosemary or thrown into soups.
Complete with a solid amount of fiber, Vitamin C and lycopene, persimmons are a great alternative to your classic apples and oranges to grab a significant amount of necessary vitamins. Vitamin C boosts your immune system for the dreaded upcoming winter, so eat up to stay cold-and-flu-free!
While this may not be something you buy everyday, adding this bitter leafy veggie to salads and stews is a healthy way to incorporate more greens into your day. With vitamins A and C as well as plenty of fiber, endives are a welcome addition to a nutritious diet.
What are your favorite fall fruits and veggies? Let us know in the comments!
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