So many squashes to choose from: green ones, yellow ones, round ones, long ones and so many different flavours. Try them all. Spaghetti squash is scooped out with a fork after it is cooked and creates spaghetti like strands, hence its name. Butternut and acorn squash are the more traditional orange squash full of beta carotene.
Versatile and healthier than regular white potatoes, especially when eaten with the skin on, make the sweet potato a valuable addition to your weekly vegetable rotation.
Such a funky fruit once you peel back the layers AND a good source of potassium, fibre and Vitamin C. But how do you get at all those seeds? A request to buy a pomegranate from one of the kids, a lesson on how to slice then peel back the skin to form wedges similar to an orange from the Internet, and we are now a pomegranate eating family.
You either love ‘em or hate ‘em but you can’t deny these mini members of the cabbage family are good for you.
Round, small and purple, the turnip is often confused with the rutabaga (or the rutabaga is confused with a turnip). Either way, these winter wonders are harsh tasting to some and yummy to others. Experiment and if nothing works, they are great pureed and slipped into quiche, casseroles and soups.
The sweet partner to the turnip and root vegetable family, parsnips have a nutty flavour, are loaded with folate and fibre, and look like over grown white carrots. The kids think they taste like carrots too when cooked.
Dates, or date palms, grow on long strands in palm like trees in hot climates and are harvested in the fall. This sweet fruit is high in fibre, antioxidants, potassium and iron, and is very versatile.
Thanksgiving and turkey dinners have made the cranberry a staple fruit in the fall, but their good for you nutritional profile suggests we should be eating these more often.
So versatile and colourful, look for yellow and orange beets to add colour to your roasting pan! Beets are best known for turning everything they touch a deep crimson and can even be added to your favourite smoothie to make it pretty in pink and super healthy. High in folate, potassium, fiber and even iron, beets are a fall food you should get friendly with.