It’s Pumpkin Time
‘Tis the season to break out that crock pot, dust off your stew pot and whip up some roasts, soups and chilies for the cooler weather. Not sure what Fall vegetables to cook? Here’s a list of great Fall vegetables and Fall fruits now in season as well as some fun food facts.
These Fall vegetables and fruits provide more nutrients than non-seasonal alternatives, so be sure to check out the recipes below and incorporate at least one Fall recipe into your weekly meal plan…
- Squash Varieties – A cup cooked delivers 35% of your Daily Recommended Vitamin C
- Pumpkins – Contain 90% water
- Sweet Potatoes – A great source of beta-carotene and are low on the glycemic index
- Carrots – The urban legend that ‘eating large quantities of carrots helps us to see in the dark’ was developed from stories started during World War II
- Turnips – The smaller ones are the sweetest
- Rutabagas – Are often confused with turnips, but are actually part of the cabbage family
- Broccoli – One cup steamed broccoli provides 5 grams of fiber, which is 20% of your Daily Recommended Value
- Brussels Sprouts – A single serving contains 4 times more Vitamin C than an orange
- Cabbage – One cup contains 91% of your Daily Recommended Vitamin K, which supports bone health
- Cauliflower – Most common color is white, but it can also be green, purple, orange, brown or yellow
- Beets – The biggest beat in the world weighed over 156 pounds
- Radicchio – Aids in digestion, and acts as a purifying diuretic, tonic and laxative, while protecting the liver
- Kale – A cup cooked delivers over 100% of your Daily Recommended Vitamin A
- Swiss Chard – Was discovered by a Swiss botanist, hence its name
- Butter Lettuce – Has a sweet, buttery flavor compared to other lettuce varieties
- Garlic – Over 300 different varieties are grown throughout the world
- Mushrooms – Mushroom DNA is more closely related to humans than to plants, which means this really could happen
- Apples – 50% of the Vitamin C is just below the skin, so rinse well and enjoy without peeling
- Pears – Red pears are a natural variation of green pairs so their flavors are similar
- Cranberries – 20% of the total cranberry harvest is consumed on Thanksgiving
- Figs – 55% natural sugar content making them the sweetest of all fruits
Without further ado, here are some great fall recipes to keep you warm this season.
Celebrate the Season
Enjoy the cooler temperatures, family gatherings, social events and joyous celebrations this season brings. Remember, be aware and be thankful for all we have in this life, start every day on a positive thought and go to bed with a smile.
The pictures were provided by Kelsey from the beautiful state of New Hampshire. Check out her Facebook Page to see more of her work.