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What’s in Season: Fall

Posted By on October 5, 2016 in Kale

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Yay fall is here! Who doesn’t love boots, legging and scarf season. And what basic bitch doesn’t love a nice PSL? Well actually I hate them… but that’s because I don’t like to drink my sugar unless there is alcohol in it. I prefer to occasionally eat my sugar in the form of a nice dessert.

So let’s talk produce…

Apples

We generally start harvesting apples in August with the peak of the season being October and ending in December. Okay ready to have your mind blown…

After December all of the apples are put into large storage sheds with most of the oxygen sucked out. These sheds are used to supply apples all year. So just before the new season you could be eating apples from almost a year ago!

I am a diva and only eat apples when in season. Do yourself a favor an go get some Honeycrisp apples from Michigan right now! You don’t need to go to Michigan, most stores have them in stock. They are the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Deeeeeelicious. Also love me some Golden Delicious. I don’t make it a rule that I only eat organic. It is expensive! But there are a few things that you should absolutely always buy organic and apples are one of them.

Pears

I am not a huge pear person but I do love red pears. They are so sweet and delicious but you need to let them ripen. Let them get soft before you eat them. Hard pears are flavorless and terrible.

There are so many varieties of pears. Some are better for cooking and not so great for eating out of hand. Lets not get too crazy here. Just Google it!

Grapes

Yes! Little crunchy balls of natural sugar! Grapes have one of the highest concentrations of sugar for a fruit (no wonder I love them so much). Natural sugar is okay but that doesn’t mean, eat a whole bag. Practice this word… it is a word I am still trying to learn the meaning of, say it with me… MODERATION.

You can find all sorts of fun grape varieties right now. I’m talking muscadines, concords (the ones grape juice are made from), champagne, red, black, white and so on. Those concords and champagne grapes are packed with flavor and great for eating out of hand if you are looking to mix up your grape game.

Freeze grapes for a great frozen treat! (Take them off the vines first)

Hard Squashes

I love acorn squash. Cut it in half and bake it with a little brown sugar, cinnamon and olive oil. Yum! I don’t use butter but if you must, go for it. Just make sure it is real butter. That fake shit is terrible for you.

Butternut squash is great but who wants to deal with all of that slicing and dicing? I like to grab it pre cubed when it is on sale in the produce section (lazy people life). I usually bake it or cook it in a frying pan on the stove top with a little olive oil and salt and pepper.

Spaghetti squash is always an amazing noodle substitute. Throw a little spaghetti sauce on that and you are ready to go!

Stores like Whole Foods are likely to have other squash varieties. Mix it up and try something new one night!

Brussel Sprouts

Available most of the year but now is peak season. Slice them up and cook them in some olive oil. I love adding soy sauce and sesame seeds to them.

Figs

Figs start late summer and last through fall. Fig everything. This fruit is so sweet and delicious. The most popular and available varieties are black mission and brown turkey. I jut love a fresh fig on some crackers (healthy Whole Foods brand of course) with a little cheese for a naughty snack. Figs have to ripen like avocados, pears, tomatoes, etc. Let them get a little soft before eating.

 

Whole Foods is king in providing local and seasonal produce. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Google will give you recipes for anything you find. Also, feel free to ask me anything about produce. You can comment below or email me at anaconner@loveandkale.com.

 

 

 

 

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