You have heard it plenty of times before; purchase products in season to get better flavor and more savings. However, like many people, you may only practice this during the summer months when berries are blooming, peaches are juicy and plums are plump. With the fall season right around the corner, there is no better time to learn about the specific produce that is perfect for this chilly and cozy time of year.
Apples Are A Must
If you ever wanted to adventure out into the apple picking industry, the autumn season is the time to indulge. Although apples are delicious all year around, they are even more tasty when harvested in the late summer/early fall. This is especially true for those of you living in the Northern Hemisphere. To continue the list of the best of Autumn produce, let’s kick it off with artichoke and arugula – both being items you probably haven’t thought much about.
The B’s of Produce
Beets are also delicious during this year and come with unbelievable amounts of benefits. So, you certainly want to get them in your diet right away. Broccoli is another favorite for this time of year, but you probably enjoy it all year around – and as you should.
Broccoli can be grown year-round in temperate climates so we’ve forgotten it even has a season. It is more sweet, less bitter and sharp when harvested in the cooler temperatures of fall in most climates.
C Produce Items
Fall harvesting provides plenty of “c” produce items – most of them being vegetables. During this time of year, pick up your cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, chicories, chiles and cranberries as they grow and taste the best during the fall and winter months. However, like the rest, you should also enjoy this year round.
E to Z Produce
Some of fall’s favorite items to provide during the chillier seasons include eggplant, fennel, figs, garlic, grapes, green onions, herbs, horseradish, kale, leeks, lemongrass, lettuce, limes, mushroom, parsnips, pears, peppers, pomegranate, pumpkins, squash, spinach, turnips and zucchini. Out of that list, grapes are probably one of the items that caught you off guard as they are often associated with the summer, picnics and warmer weather but the grape vines thrive during the colder months.
As mentioned, you should absolutely be enjoying these produce items well throughout the year, but definitely enjoy the often-discounted prices of them being in season! With that said, when you purchase produce that is in season, they often offer an incomparable taste to those same items when purchased out-of-season. Just think – you may not have liked a fruit of vegetable previously, but maybe you were simply not eating it when it was at its prime!