Fall Produce Tips, Looking Beyond the Pumpkin.

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Fall is officially here and thus begins the harvest season of a huge variety of vegetables and some fruits. You can find many of the items listed below year around but nothing is better than a fruit or veggie at the peak of their natural harvesting season, especially if you purchase from a farmer market. At the end of the article you can see my full list of Fall fruits and vegetables. There are too many to write about so I picked just a few items to make comments.   

Beets: I’m not a huge fan. I won’t say I don’t like them because maybe I haven’t had them prepared in a way that would change my mind, yet. Beets have crazy nutrients and huge variety of health benefits. I saw a few recipes in this article 11 Beet Recipes That Don’t Taste Like Dirt on the Huffington Post that I plan to try. I’ll let you know how they turn out.

Daikon: This a veggie you see a lot in grocery stores now but I don’t know if many people use it. I first had it in Europe as a salad and really like it. It’s an Asian radish with a milder flavor than a red radish. You can use them in different recipes, not just salad. The daikon also has some surprising health benefits.

Kohlrabi: Not sure what this is, me neither until I googled it. Evidentially it’s a unique looking member of the cabbage family. You can eat it raw or cooked and it has a nice crunch. They come in white, light green and purple but are all white one peeled.

Quinces: I think most people have heard of them but I don’t know anyone that has actually eaten one. It sort of looks like a deformed apple or a cross between an apple and a pear. It’s too sour and hard to eat raw but can be used in a variety of ways including making jelly. Check out 8 quince recipes from Martha Stewart.

Grapes: Most people just eat grapes and call it a day. There are several yummy recipes that utilize this versatile fruit in unique ways. They are great for desserts but also great for adding that little bit of sweetness to savory dishes.

Here is the full list of “Fall fruits and vegetables”:

beets*
broccoli
brussels sprouts
cabbage
carrots
cauliflower
celeriac
daikon*
fennel
garlic
greens:
arugula
beet
bok choi
chard
collard
kale
mustard
mizuna
turnip
horseradish
kohlrabi*
leeks
onions-red & yellow
parsley
parsnips
potatoes
radishes
rutabaga
scallions
shallots
sprouts
sweet potatoes
turnips*
winter squash:
acorn
buttercup
butternut
spaghetti
apples
Asian pears
cranberries
pears
grapes
quinces*
raspberries

What are your favorite foods to buy in the Fall time?

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Written by Louise Rizzo / Louise@NYNJ.COM / © NYNJ MEDIA

 

 

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