Fall is here. You can feel it in the crisp cool breeze. You can see it in the leaves that have changed their color. You can hear it in the crunch underfoot of fallen leaves. You can smell it in the air. It’s all around us, but do you know where evidence of fall is most present? The market. Fall brings all sorts of goodies to the farmers markets and grocery stores. Though it is sad to see some of our favorite summer produce go out of season, the fall harvest brings so many new options to the table it’s hard to complain. We’ve put together a list of eight of our favorite fall flavors and why we think they’re extra special.
Pumpkins– Can easily be made sweet or savory. Got a sweet tooth? Try pumpkin cookies, muffins, granola, pie or quick bread. Prefer savory? Try pumpkin curry, tacos, or roasted pumpkin seeds. Pumpkins are packed with vitamins A & C, potassium and are low in calories.
Apples– So many varieties are available it’s hard to choose a favorite. Tart apples such as granny smith or gravenstein are best for baking. Sweet varieties such as gala or honeycrisp are best for snacking on. Apples help regulate blood sugar and are a great source of fiber.
Mushrooms– A great addition to any fall meal, adding rich texture and flavor to rice, pasta, and soups. Mushrooms help support the immune system and are a valuable source of B vitamins.
Maple– Pure maple syrup is unparalleled, drastically different from “pancake syrup”. Use it in place of sugar in baked goods, on top of sweet breakfasts or drizzle on roasted root vegetables. Pure maple syrup is a great source of manganese and zinc.
Sage– Offering a sweet, yet savory flavor, this herb is great with potatoes, roasts, carrots or chicken. Sage is well known for its medicinal properties and is high in vitamin K.
Ginger– Spicy and pungent, this spice adds a kick to any fall dish. Ginger is great for the digestive tract and settling upset or nauseated stomachs.
Cranberries– This tart berry offers a nice compliment to savory meat dishes. Commonly known for alleviating urinary tract ailments, cranberries are also great antioxidants.
Brussels Sprouts– Delicious whether roasted, steamed, braised, or shaved into a salad. Brussels sprouts may have some cholesterol-lowering benefits as well as offer some anti-inflammatory support.
There you have it, our round up of eight deliciously diverse fall flavors. Let’s get cooking!