Today, when you walk around the produce section of a grocery store, you often have no concept anymore of the four seasons. A wide variety of fruit and vegetables are stocked throughout the year and so we have slowly gotten away from cooking and eating with the seasons.
Perhaps thanks to the Pumpkin Spice Latte we do still associate pumpkin and other squashes with the autumn! But there are so many fruits and veggies that belong to this transitional season beyond pumpkin.
With autumn’s arrival the temperatures tend to get cooler and we often move away from raw salads and cold smoothies towards warming foods like roasted veggies and comforting bowls of porridge. These warm foods are easier on our digestion as our bodies generally need to use more energy to keep warm or potentially guard against the cold and flu season that may be beginning to hit. If you feel this way, then I encourage you to lean into it and fully embrace the change!
Eating seasonally also has some other benefits. Choosing in-season produce means you likely are getting fruits and veggies that are more nutrient dense, since they have been grown in their optimal environment and are freshly harvested. They’ll also probably be more flavourful than their off-season neighbours in the produce section!
The best way to do this is to head to your local farmer’s market where you can support local growers and see with your own eyes what has been freshly harvested.
But whether you’re going to the market or just to your local grocery store, I got you! Click below to download my easy guide to autumn produce. Pin this up in your kitchen for an easy resource when you’ll planning your weekly grocery haul!
See some things on the list you don’t recognize? I challenge you this season to try 2-3 new fruits or veggies! It will help keep meal times interesting, foster creativity in your cooking, and eating a wider range of food usually means a wider range of vitamins and minerals as well!
Let me know what new fruits or veggies you’re going to try in the comments!