As fall approaches, so do all the wonderful fruits and vegetables that are harvested at this time of year. From apples to pumpkins, fall foods not only bring delicious flavors to your meals, but they also provide great nutritional value. Below are some of the must-have fall foods to incorporate into your meals this season.
Fall is perhaps best known as apple picking season. The abundance of fresh apples available during the fall means that you can make anything from apple pies to applesauce. Plus, there are so many varieties of apples to choose from that you can experiment with different tastes and textures.
Nutritionally speaking apples also boast many benefits. Their high fiber content allows them to aid in digestion and reduce the stress placed on your liver. Furthermore, since they are rich in pectin, they help remove cholesterol and other heavy metals from the blood.
Rich in vitamins C and K, and dietary fiber, cauliflower is one of the few white colored foods that you can indulge in without feeling guilty. Its relatively neutral taste also makes it possible to pair it with a variety of different flavors.
Mushrooms have been praised for the ability to bolster immunity, cleanse and nourish the blood, and help remove toxins from the body. They are also rich in selenium, B vitamins, potassium and phosphorus, and contain glyconutrients that positively impact the immune system. Aside from being a superfood, mushrooms are also extremely delicious and can be easily incorporated into almost any meal.
Squash certainly are one of the most diverse vegetables. During the fall you can find butternut, delicata, acorn, carnival, hubbard, hokkaido, and an abundance of other squash varieties. While many of these squashes are interchangeable in a recipe, the squash you select will still influence the flavor and texture of your dish.
Pumpkins are certainly a fall favorite. First of all, they are stocked with nutrients such as alpha and beta-carotene, potassium, magnesium, vitamins C and E, and are rich in fiber. You can also use pumpkin in a variety of different ways, and best of all, you can roast the seeds and carve the shell once you have scraped out the insides so nothing goes to waste!