Fall Is Here And That Means 'New' Produce To Use For Health

Fall Is Here And That Means 'New' Produce To Use For Health

Fall is here, but if you live in Texas (or the South for that matter) you wouldn't know it as the temperatures have decided that it is closer to July 12th than September 12th.  Yesterday, when it was only 96* it felt like a cold wave had moved through.  That being said it is nicer to wake up in the morning and go for a ride or run and have to actually think about whether or not you want to wear arm sleeves.  [Disclosure: I am a cold weather wuss and if it is near 70* that early in the morning I make these decisions.  If it is 50* I am wearing long sleeves.] Of course, with the change of season comes a 'new' variety of foods.  I put the word new in quotes because in today's world of shipping foods from all over the planet it is very rare that we are without pumpkin or apples or figs even in the summer.  What we, as consumers, have to do is choose our products wisely and that means making a concerted effort to eat what is in season in your neck of the woods.  Since it has officially turned to Fall here in the United States it is time to take a look at a few fruits and vegetables that are now in season and provide you with a recipe for using one of these items. 

Fall Fruits That Are Now In Season

  1. Apples.  Apples are in season and I personally cannot wait for the Pink Lady's to hit the stores.  They are by far my favorite apple for their crispness and sweet taste.  Not far behind them are HoneyCrisp.  Do I need to say more?
  2. Cranberries.  Typically only used during Thanksgiving this berry provides a punch of Vitamins A and C as well as potassium.
  3. Figs.  I cannot even begin to describe how much I love figs, but they have to be fresh figs.  Yes, dried figs are good too but when they are fresh there is nothing better.
  4. Grapes.  Recently I discovered that grapes are my kryptonite.  I have been seen eating an entire 2 lb bag in one night.  They are that good.

 

Fall Vegetables That Are Now In Season

  1. Pumpkin.  You know it is pumpkin season because everything is pumpkin spice.  Even M&Ms these days come in pumpkin spice flavor.
  2. Beets.  The new wonder food.  The benefits of beets have been posted all over the internet, but they are an acquired tastes for sure.
  3. Cabbage.  I love cabbage of all varieties from napa to bok choy to brussels sprouts.  Making a simple salad using cabbage is not only easy but also very healthy.
  4. Fennel.  I am not a huge fan of fennel but I love fennel seeds.  Since going to a plant-based diet I have added fennel seed to tempeh along with red pepper flakes to simulate the taste of hot italian sausage.
  5. Leeks.  This vegetable is a pain to clean but the flavor is well worth the work.  You cannot go wrong with adding sliced leek to a pumpkin soup.

 

What Is Your Favorite Fall Produce

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I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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