As soon as the temperature drops, apples and pumpkins top everyone’s shopping list. Pumpkin spice and apple pie aside, let’s not forget about the other produce worth falling for this fall! It’s best to purchase produce when it is in season for optimal flavor and affordability. Enjoy your apples and pumpkins, but don’t forget to add these fresh fall vegetables to your plate this season as well.
1. Brussels Sprouts: Forget the boiled, mushy Brussels sprouts of your childhood and give this fiber-packed veggie another try. Brussels sprouts boast plenty of Vitamin K and folate and can be found year round, but they thrive in the cooler weather. Try tossing them with olive oil, garlic and pepper and roast in the oven for a delicious side, or shred them and add to salads, sautéed vegetables or a stir fry for a healthy crunch.
2. Delicata Squash: We all love butternut squash, but it’s time to branch out. Delicata squash is easy to cut and an excellent source of vitamins A and C. Try cutting it into strips and enjoying it roasted, or stuff with a wild rice blend, cranberries and goat cheese for a satisfying main dish.
3. Parsnips: This veggie looks a lot like a white carrot, and similar to carrots, parsnips can be enjoyed raw with dip for a nutritious snack. Parsnips are a heart healthy choice and are packed with fiber, vitamin C, potassium and folate. Try roasting them, adding them to stews or pureeing them into soup.
4. Turnips: Only the best vegetables can be eaten from the roots to the stem. Unlike other greens, such as collards and kale, turnip greens are tender and can be cooked quickly. Serve the wilted greens with Turnip Mashed Potatoes and a lean protein for a delicious and simple dinner.
Bottom line: For the most nutritious and delicious produce, choose fruits and vegetables that are in season. Challenge yourself to branch out and try new produce this fall -- you may find some new family favorites. For a complete seasonal produce guide, click here.
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