The sun is hiding more often, viagra sale the winds are cooler, rx the rain is more frequent, find and soon the green will begin to fall off of the trees. Autumn is here. It will bring some seasonal foods with it. “Autumn is a feast riches for the seasonal eater, with the luxury of an extended overlap between the last of the summer favourites such as courgettes and aubergine and exciting newcomers like pumpkin, chestnuts and kale,” Sophie Roberts,wrote in an article on Mostlyeating.com.
Pumpkins are often associated with autumn and Halloween’s jack-o-lanterns. However, pumpkin can be a versatile vegetable. Roasted pumpkin seeds can be a unique and fun snack to make. Do not forget Thanksgiving is also in autumn which means pumpkin pies. Homemade pies or other desserts using pumpkin can still be healthy if ingredients low in sugar and fat are used.
In an article for howstuffworks.com, Christine Venzon wrote about other foods that are in season for autumn. Apples was the first on the list. Venzon suggested that no matter the type of apple it “should be free of bruises or mushy spots.” If the apple is larger it should be firm. The article suggested refrigerating apples in a sealed plastic bag so they can last for about two weeks.
Pears can range from colors such as deep red, green or even golden. Venzon wrote most pears are fully ripe when bought and don’t usually change color except for Yellow Bartletts which can turn to gold after being green. “If the area near the stem gives when lightly pressed, the pear is good to go,” Venzon wrote. “Otherwise, let it set a few days at room temperature, performing the ‘neck check’ daily.”
Grapes are either red, green or black. “The most popular are the green Thompson grape and its crossbred offspring, a red variety called Flame,” Venzon wrote. “These are undeniably sweet, but relatively tame in taste.” Frozen grapes can be great alternatives for sweet snacks.
There is not only pumpkin pie that comes around for thanksgiving, but don’t forget sweet potato pie. The article suggested to keep sweet potatoes in cool storage which is ventilated well and away from light.
Regular potatoes are also in season for the autumn months. There are numerous types of potatoes and it is recommended to keep them stored in cool and dark areas with “moderately humid conditions.”
What Venzon called cruciferous vegetables like round-headed cabbage, cauliflower, turnips are also in season for the fall months. These are vegetables which can release an odor when overcooked. It is suggested to steam or braise these vegetables so that they are “fork-tender, not limp” which makes them smell lightly sweet.
Other in season vegetables include “leafy greens” such as collards, chard, and spinach. Also mentioned in the article were parsnips and numerous types of winter squash which will be in season such as acorn, butternut, spaghetti, and sweet dumpling squash.