27 Foods That Taste So Much Better in the Fall
Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean you can’t buy fresh produce. Here are fruits, vegetables, and other tasty eats that are at their peaks in fall.
Some people welcome fall with road trips in the countryside to see brilliant fall foilage. Others usher in the season with pumpkin spice lattes, muffins, and ice cream. But there is an abundance of non-pumpkin foods that just taste better in the fall. Why? “Most fall vegetables are frost tolerant and taste better when faced with colder weather,” says Emmy nominated Chef Nathan Lyon. “When subjected to a frost, many vegetables convert their stored starches into soluble sugars to prevent freezing and, in turn, these sugars make the vegetables exponentially sweeter.”
Visit your local farmer’s market or take the family on an apple picking trip for the freshest apples. They’re perfect for snacking, baking, and even stopping headaches. Try this five-minute hack that keeps apples from browning.
Oranges are commonly associated with summer, but from Florida to California, autumn is the best time to enjoy this citrus favorite. Use them to make healthy breakfast smoothies or eat them as a quick vitamin C-packed snack.
Fall’s harvest brings in a bounty of fresh grapes in all varieties. Either as a snack or made into your favorite jam, now is the perfect time to bag a bunch. This is the real reason you can never find grape ice cream.
They’re simply sweet and addicting with a bonus benefit of anti-aging and antioxidant properties. Harvested August through December, you’ll find them easily at your local grocery store. You can buy the seeds ready to eat, but it is more economical to buy a whole pomegranate and take a few minutes to loosen the seeds.”Toss them in salads, sprinkle in oatmeal, top yogurt and granola, or add them to popcorn,” suggests Judy Barbe, RD, blogger at LiveBest and author of Your Six-Week Guide to LiveBest. Check out these other 20 superfoods that could help you lose weight.
Whether you enjoy it in salads, casseroles, or as a side dish, broccoli is definitely more nutritious than you realize, so be sure to stock up. Fall is the time to fill your cart with the year’s best tasting broccoli.
If you think all there is to Brussels sprouts is a reputation for tasting disgusting, prepare to have your mind blown: Brussels sprouts have more vitamin C than oranges. So don’t believe the cartoons that perpetuate this stereotype; enjoy these tasty green treats at their freshest. If you’re having trouble getting your family to eat them, try roasting them. Use this chart to figure out what’s in season during every month.
Fall is the perfect time to enjoy your favorite mushrooms, whether they’re white, cremini, or Portobello. Your local market will have the best variety of mushrooms at this time. Take the opportunity to try something new. This is the real difference between the types of mushrooms in the grocery store.
Enjoy this delicious vegetable either raw or cooked. You can even mash it for an alternative to mashed potatoes or turn it into a delicious pizza crust. Try purple varieties for an added treat, and check out these other 16 healthy pizza crust recipes.