6 Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables to Eat This Fall
While pumpkins get the lion’s share of attention in the fall, they’re far from the only food that’s in season. Not only do foods taste fresher when they’re in season, but buying produce that’s in season can help you save money grocery shopping, too. Start incorporating these six fall favourites into your recipes now:
Apples are a versatile fruit that can be used in desserts (apple pie), eaten alone (cut in half, sprinkle some cinnamon on the halves, and bake in the oven), or even incorporated into savoury mains (throw diced apples into salads) and apps (dip slices into a decadent beer and cheddar cheese sauce).
Apple pie recipe
Some varieties of mushrooms are available year-round, but many are at their peak in the cooler months. Add mushrooms to main dishes for extra flavour – chicken and mushrooms are a classic combination – or use mushrooms as a meat substitute in a stir fry on your Meatless Monday.
Chicken and Mushroom Casserole Recipe
Sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse, packed with Vitamins A and C plus high doses of potassium and fibre. Instead of reaching for white potatoes, substitute sweet potatoes for more nutrients, or turn these tubers into sweet delights with cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and butter.
Despite having a bad reputation for a long time, brussels sprouts are having a moment in the spotlight. Roast brussels sprouts for a crispy snack, or sauté them in butter for a tasty side.
Like apples, pears taste just as good savoury as they do sweet. Pair pears with blue cheese, duck or ginger to make restaurant-quality appetizers or mains. Poached pears can be eaten alone or used in baked goods like pies, muffins or tarts.
A wide variety of squash are available in the fall, so you’re bound to find one you like. Try swapping the pasta in spaghetti bolognese with spaghetti squash for a low-carb, high-fibre option. Or roast some diced butternut squash for a healthy side. If you have guests you want to impress, use acorn squash as an edible bowl for a sausage and root vegetable bake.