Modern food processing and worldwide distribution of food make foods available year-round, and grocery stores shelves look much the same throughout the year. Despite the fact that so many of us do not live according to the seasons, our bodies still do. We are part of this universe, down to every cell; there are universal laws that we need to abide by to stay in rhythm with nature and our nature. Eating with the seasons is good for your body. Luckily, more and more people are rediscovering the benefits of buying local (and therefore seasonal) food. By purchasing produce that is grown locally and at a seasonally appropriate time, you’ll benefit from fresher, tastier, delicious and affordable food.
If you can, buy produce from roadside stands and farmers markets. You’ll be supporting local farms and have the pleasure of indulging in seasonally delicious fruits and veggies. Check out Local Harvest and Buy Local Food to find farmers and local foods near you.
As you walk through your local market, pay attention to what is in season. At restaurants, order foods that are grown within close geographical distance. Chances are if you’re eating regionally, you’re also eating seasonally.
Now that it is fall, move toward the more warming, autumn harvest foods and also emphasize the more warming spices and seasonings including ginger, peppercorns, and mustard seeds.
Here Is a List of Foods That Are in Season in the Fall:
Apples, Arugula, Asian pears, Beet Greens, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Burdock, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collard Greens, Corn, Cranberries, Cucumbers, Daikon, Eggplant, Fennel, Garlic, Grapes, Green Beans, Horseradish, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mesclun, Mustard Greens, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions (red, yellow), Parsnips, Peas (snap, snow), Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Quince, Radishes, Raspberries, Rutabagas, Scallions, Shallots, Spinach, Sprouts, Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnip Greens, Turnips
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