Autumn Vegetables and Fruits To Fall For

Autumn Vegetables and Berries
Autumn Vegetables and Berries

Bright berries, and crisp salads mark the summer days. Many of us are unhappy when warm summer days are replaced with cool and shorter autumn days. We miss the summer vegetables and fruits but please don’t fret, as there are many colorful fruits and vegetables that are delicious and high in nutritious value

In Autumn, we have dark yellow, bright orange and deep green fruits and vegetables. The deeper the color of the fruits/veggies, healthier it is. Autumn vegetables are rich in phytochemicals that increase the immunity of the system and keep the diseases at bay.

Five  Autumn Vegetables

  • Turnips
Garden fresh yellow turnip
Garden fresh yellow turnip

They belong to the mustard family. The color of this vegetable ranges from yellow to purple and have a bitter flavor. However turnip is an excellent source of vitamin C and dietary fiber. The phytochemical keeps the free radicals in check.

  • Sweet Potatoes
Steam, bake or mash the sweet potatoes
Steam, bake or mash the sweet potatoes

Its a storage root and rich in vitamin A and C. Considered to be an ideal choice for those with diabetes as the glycemic index is very low. That is carbohydrates are released slowly which in turn maintains a steady sugar level.

  • Pumpkin
Halved Pumpkin with seeds
Halved Pumpkin with seeds

This autumn vegetable in loaded with vitamin A, C and folate. Carotenoids in this veggie, reduces the risk of cancer and also lowers the risk of heart disease. The seeds are also rich in nutritional value and contains zinc and omega-3 fatty acids.

  • Winter Squash
Winter Squashes
Winter Squashes

Summer squash is tender and has edible seeds and rind. Winter squash has tough rinds and seeds and inedible fibrous center. This vegetable has heart- healthy nutrients, vitamin A, fiber and folate. Also the quality of ripened winter squash increases during storage.

  • Parsnips
Carrot like vegetable - parsnips
Carrot like vegetable – parsnips

It resembles white carrots and have sweet flavor. This vegetable is rich in vitamin C, calcium, iron and fiber. Usually used in soups and as a replacement for carrot and potatoes.

Five Autumn Fruits

  • Apple
Red delicious apples
Red delicious apples

Rich in flavonoids. Adding this fruit to your diets will reduce the risk of heart disease as well as several types of cancer. There are numerous recipes that you can try out with apples.

  • Clementine
Clementine also known as Mandarin
Clementine also known as Mandarin

These are also known as mandarin oranges. Clementine can be used in salads and chicken dishes.

  • Pear

 

Clementine also known as Mandarin
Pears , also a substitute for apples in recipes

This fruit is high in fiber. These soluble fiber help to reduce blood cholesterol and maintain a healthy blood sugar level.

  • Cranberry
Red luscious cranberries
Red luscious cranberries

This is one of the berries that ripen in the autumn. Anthocyanins, the heart healthy antioxidants are found in this berry. Cranberries can be pickled, made into sauces, preserved and used in salads.

  • Fig
A gift from the Middle East to the world
A gift from the Middle East to the world

They have a chewy texture that makes it tasty. It’s an excellent source of dietary fiber and calcium. Figs can be used in cookies, desserts and salads.

This is our take on autumn fruits and vegetables. Share your list with us.