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Your Fall Produce Guide

fall produce

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.

Why?

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!

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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. 

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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

 

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Your Turn,

Do you eat seasonally?

What’s your favorite fall fruit?

What’s your favorite fall veggie?

 

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11 Comments

  • Reply Shaniece October 5, 2016 at 10:18 am

    I noticed that I accidentally eat in season after reading this post. During the Fall, I usually make brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes apart of my daily shopping list.

    • Reply Diana Becker October 5, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Haha I think I’ve been accidentally eating seasonally for awhile too–mostly because i just buy whats cheapest most of the time.

  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy October 5, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    mmmm My favorite fall veggies are sweet potatoes! I eat them all year round though 🙂 I love finding all the new pumpkin and apple recipes too. Great post!

    • Reply Diana Becker October 5, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      Thank you! I can’t get enough apple recipes. I’m working on a couple recipes using them over the weekend 🙂

  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine October 6, 2016 at 2:25 am

    It definitely makes sense to eat seasonally based on the quality of foods and the cost. I love apples and sweet potatoes in the fall!

    • Reply Diana Becker October 6, 2016 at 9:09 am

      Right? I don’t know why I didn’t start really paying attention to what was in season earlier!

  • Reply Kellen McAvoy October 6, 2016 at 7:57 am

    I definitely try to eat seasonally (there are still a few things I’ll eat year round like strawberries & bananas). I love spaghetti squash, brussel sprouts, and squash in the fall!

    • Reply Diana Becker October 6, 2016 at 9:10 am

      SAME- I will splurge on avocados year round even if they’re like $5 each!

  • Reply Marcia October 6, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Because I have a huge garden, I definitely eat seasonally. The tomatoes this year have been amazing. So is everything else that thrives on HEAT! I’ll be flush with all kinds of winter squash for months to come!

    • Reply Diana Becker October 7, 2016 at 10:02 am

      That’s my dream to have my own garden to grow my own food in! SO JEALOUS!

  • Reply Marjo October 28, 2016 at 4:41 am

    I’m saving this list. Honestly, I’m no good at eating what’s in season. I just go and see what’s available in the farmer’s market and the store. But it definitely works better knowing which fruits and veggies are in season.

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