Fall is one of the most inspiring seasons, culinarily speaking. It's a time when we reap the benefits from the seasons prior and have access to a plethora of ingredients at the peak of their nutrition.
It's the produce's flavors, textures, and colors in combination with fall's quintessential comfort cooking methods of stews, soups, and baking that fuel our endless inspiration and plates.
While, of course, fall's produce satisfies a place in our stomachs, many people don't realize that eating in line with the seasonal offering is exactly what our bodies need and crave from a holistic health perspective as well.
Before the modern convenience of shipping produce around the world, we ate what nature provided to us where we lived and when it was in season. In addition, eating these foods provided us with the nutrition that was needed for that given area during that season.
Cooling fruits and vegetables, like cucumbers or coconuts for example, that are really only native to tropical regions, don't benefit our bodies the same way they do during the hot summer heat. In fact, while it may satisfy a craving for a refreshing beverage, a cold glass of raw coconut water may make us shiver in the dead of winter. However, I highly recommend that tall glass after a long session of hot yoga to restore those electrolytes and cool the system off.
The fruits of fall are becoming less watery and more concentrated and cleansing. Produce that is harder, rootier, or hollow are fall's bounty, and produce like grounding winter squash and cleansing stone fruit and apples prepare our bodies for the more energetically dormant season ahead.
Let this list of fall produce serve as this season's navigational guide and provide that extra boost of inspiration at your local farmers market, wherever you may live.
If you happen to live in a more tropical climate, embrace that local produce as well; and if you live in a colder climate, pay attention to the energetics of food and what that may mean from a nutritional perspective as well.
Often, like with the example of coconut water and electrolytes, the season's produce will provide just what you need.
Fruits and vegetables to stock up on now: