Fall is in full swing throughout the United States. No matter your exact location, you’re sure to be seeing pumpkins everywhere and noticing a shift in the weather. In addition to seeing pumpkins, you might also be thinking ahead to the holidays and pumpkin pie, as well as other favorite foods of Fall.
There are many perks of eating foods when they’re in season, not the least of which is taste. Think about it: does a watermelon in early January taste as good as a watermelon in late July? No way! Foods grown naturally reflect the season in which they’re grown, and they are most flavorful when harvested accordingly. Seasonal food is also fresher, which means that it often has maximum nutrient content. Eating seasonal foods is nourishing to the body, mind, and soul. It’s a great way to connect and adapt to the environment around you, and it’s also cost-effective. (Consider the price of strawberries in December vs. strawberries in May.)
While pumpkin is certainly in-season during Fall, there are many other fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices which are also widely available. You’re sure to see these foods around local farmers markets and grocery stores everywhere during September, October, and November, and possibly even through the end of the year.
- Acorn squash
- Brussels sprouts
- Butter lettuce
- Sweet potato
If you’re looking for some inspiration as to how to use some of these Fall favorites, we’ve got you covered. See below for some tasty recipes that will both nourish you and help you embrace the Fall season in all its glory.
Who doesn’t love cornbread with a bowl of soup during the Fall? These muffins includes pumpkin OR squash and store well in the fridge or freezer.
An alternative to the overly-sweet candied yams, this savory dish is sure to please and includes dried cranberries for extra seasonal flare.
‘Gratin’ means a crust of breadcrumbs and/or melted cheese; need we say more?
A lightly sweet treat, these pumpkin bars are extra creamy thanks to an almond butter base.
This recipe is the definition of crowd-pleaser and is sure to win over even those still haunted by the over-cooked Brussels sprouts of their childhood. Psst: it contains Sriracha.
Sounds fancy but is totally doable and fun. Tastes extra good with a homemade cranberry sauce.
We hope you give these a try and let us know how you like them! No matter how you choose to enjoy these foods this season, know that you’re doing your body, the environment, and your wallet good. If you’re interested in more recipes that highlight more Fall foods, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.