Summer has ended and fall has just begun. The changing of seasons also signals an alteration in the fruits and vegetables freshly available. Apples, pepper, zucchini… oh my! These products have many health benefits for its consumers.
While apples and pumpkins are associated with the fall, they are not the only fruit and vegetable to grow in the autumn months. The United States Department of Agriculture has an extensive list of seasonal produce on their website. Beets, Brussels sprouts, bell peppers, cabbage, cauliflower, cranberries are just a few of the numerous crops now available. Curious when during the fall your favorite vegetables are ripest? Explore this guide by Delish.
An article in Women’s Health Magazine by Leah Fessler and Marissa Miller restates the health benefits of a fall harvest. The produce most associated with Halloween, pumpkins, provide a great source for vitamin A. Vitamin A has been known to aid one’s vision if deficient. While it is a delicious additive to meals, kale also helps to provide your body with vitamin K, which can avoid blood clots and improve overall bone health. Cranberries are a tasty and healthy addition to many recipes. They are packed with antioxidants, fiber, probiotics, and vitamin C. Additionally, Winter squashes have similar nutritional benefits according to an article in Women’s Health Magazine. They are high in fiber and beta-carotene. This prevents radial damage and boosts eye and skin health. Aiding in lowering blood pressure, winter squashes are high in potassium as well.
Whether you are looking to add new healthy recipes to your repertoire or to substitute healthier ingredients into old recipes, make sure to explore fall produce. Looking to support local farmers? Enter your location into the USDA’s website and find a local farmer’s market. Follow Good Housekeeping’s guide to picking and storing fall produce in order to best keep them fresh.
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