The temperature has already started dropping in some areas, which means that fall is here. Time to welcome in colorful leaves, and for many cities, sweaters. That also means some wonderful fruits and vegetables are at the season’s peak and in abundance, just waiting to be eaten. Here are a few to look out for:
Pumpkins – These gourds can be used for so much more than just decorating your doorstep during Halloween. Pumpkins are rich in antioxidants, fiber and vitamins, including Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein, and iron. In addition, pumpkin seeds are loaded with fiber. They are also low in calories, fat, and sodium. So whether baked, steamed, in soups or desserts, this fall-time favorite is worth picking up.
Apples – While you can get apples year around, fall has special meaning for this yummy fruit. In some families, an apple-picking adventure truly signals the season, complete with apple cider and apple pie. Apples contain antioxidants, vitamins, are low in calories and rich in fiber.
Butternut Squash – While known as one of the most popular winter squash, you don’t have to wait until then to start enjoying it. A delicious butternut squash soup can hit the spot during the fall. The vegetable is packed with vitamins (vitamin-A and B-complex group) and minerals, including iron and zinc. It can be great in both sweet and savory dishes.
Sweet Potatoes - The peak season for these root vegetables runs from October to December. Sweet potatoes pack a significant amount of potassium, vitamin A, and beta-carotene. Not to mention, they are quite the versatile vegetable.
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