Have you ever tried buying tomatoes in the winter? They cost a fortune and taste like CRAP! But come summer time when the weather warms up and the days get longer I can eat tomatoes like candy. They’re sweet, juicy and actually taste like how a tomato should taste.
Because as the weather changes so does the availability of produce.
Each new season offers new, fresh, ripe, delicious produce that not only tastes better but is actually better for you.
As we move into Fall aka my FAVORITE season I wanted to highlight what fruits and veggies are going to be in season for the next couple months.
Happy Fall eating!
Benefits Of Eating Seasonally:
I’ll be honest until very recently I was never really into eating seasonally since here in San Diego we really don’t have seasons plus I can always find the produce I need at the stores year round. BUT as I’ve gotten more into cooking and eating a whole food died I’ve noticed just how much better food tastes when it’s in season and how much cheaper it is!
Let’s discuss those two major benefits further….
Taste- Produce that has been allowed to fully ripen naturally not only tastes better but actually contains more nutrients. The reason for this is because when you eat in season you are usually consuming your food closer to the time it was harvested off the vine/tree. Studies have shown anti-oxidants like Vitamin C, folate and carotenes rapidly decline in foods when they are stored for long periods of time…like being transported all way across the world so we can eat strawberries in the middle of winter.
Cost- This is pretty straightforward but when there is an abundance of produce available the prices go down. Remember supply and demand from high school economics class? But seriously, it amazes me just how cheap seasonal fruits and veggies are. Next time you’re at the store and you see blue berries for $8/ container skip them and get adventurous and maybe try those $.50 plums instead.
So What To Eat This Fall…
Below are the fruits and veggies that are in season for fall. Please note this will vary depending on where you live.
Some of my favorite ways to incorporate fall produce into my diet:
- a simple apple and nut butter or whipping up an apple crisp
- sticking grapes in the freezer for a healthy snack (seriously…SO GOOD)
- cranberries in my upside-down breakfast cake or pumpkin breakfast cookies
- roasting every single fall veggie on this list in avocado oil
- spaghetti squash in place of pasta- how to cook a spaghetti squash here
Do you eat seasonally?
What’s your favorite fall fruit?
What’s your favorite fall veggie?