Fall is known as the harvest season because weather conditions are ideal for harvesting fruits and vegetables. From artichokes and arugula to broccoli and Brussels sprouts, Fall’s bounty is bursting with flavor and nutrients. Below are five delicious Fall favorites and tasty ideas for enjoying them.
- Broccoli: Just 1 cup of broccoli provides 245% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C! It is also an excellent source of vitamins K and A, folate, and fiber. Enjoy it raw with some parmesan peppercorn dressing or in a hearty broccoli spinach soup with leeks.
- Brussels Sprouts: Many a child (and adult for that matter) has turned up their nose at the sight of Brussels sprouts. But when prepared correctly, these mini cabbages are quite tasty. Plus, they have 4g of fiber per serving. Try sauteing them with bacon and see how delicious they can be! You’re an adult now and it really is time to eat your Brussels sprouts!
- Mushrooms: Mushrooms are often classified as a vegetable or herb, but they are fungi. Rich in potassium, selenium, vitamin D, fiber, protein, and B vitamins, the abundant varieties equals endless recipes. Consider a warm mushroom salad, featuring artichokes!
- Chard: Chard, an earthy, sweet green, is available in a variety of colors (ruby, red, white, green) but the most common varieties are Swiss and rainbow. One ½ cup serving (cooked) is rich in vitamins K and A. Chard is also a good source of vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium. Adding some to your recipes can add color, nutritional value, and that Fall harvest feel!
- Radish: Radishes are high in fiber, vitamin C, and, with less than 20 calories per cup, they are a great option when you are watching your figure. Enjoy them peeled and sliced, with a little salt or sauté and add to a favorite Fall dish for a change of pace.