Believe it or not, fall is right around the corner. Summer is almost gone, and along with it, the sweet berries and juicy watermelon will have left as well. But don’t despair because with the new season comes autumn’s best harvest!
By purchasing local foods in-season, you not only eliminate the environmental damage caused by shipping foods thousands of miles, but your family will be able to enjoy the health benefits of eating fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables. Buying seasonal produce also provides an exciting opportunity to try new foods and to experiment with new recipes.
From savory squash to sweet turnips, it’s time to get serious about fall vegetables! Check out the 9 delicious fall harvest vegetables available right now.
The fall staple is good for more than just carving! Though technically a member of the squash family, pumpkins are one of the best sources of alpha- and beta -carotene, which can be converted into retinol to promote healthy vision and cell growth. Pumpkin seeds are also a good source of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that may help those with heart disease, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. When cooking pumpkin, make sure to buy smaller pumpkins, as the bigger carving pumpkins tend to be too watery and not very flavorful.