Fall is pretty much the best. As I was making this list of my favourite fall foods I realized I pretty much eat these things for most of the year but there is something that just makes them autumn foods. The temperatures drop, there is a crispness in the air, the leaves change colour, and I crave cozy foods. There is something that makes a steaming bowl of oatmeal better on a cool fall morning than any other time of the year. I may or may not drink tea on 25 degree days in the summer, but it turns into a necessity in the late months of fall.
As summer comes to an end, the last of the harvesting takes places on fields and in gardens all across the country. Strawberries quickly disappeared from the Costco shelves, raspberries doubled in price, and other fruits and vegetables swooped in to take their place. Root vegetables, pears, and cranberries flooded grocery stores and markets.
These super cool graphics show which fruits and vegetables are in season throughout the year! This is super economical because when foods are in season, there is an abundance of them, and the prices drop! You can also really taste when foods are in season. You know when your blueberries have been shipped thousands of miles to reach your house and when they have been picked a couple of miles down the road. There is no comparison.
A few of my favourite fall foods:
- Root vegetables: Yams, sweet potato, and butternut squash. I am a huge squash lover, roasting being my main method of preparation. You can’t beat homemade yam fries!
- Walnuts and pumpkin seeds. Whenever my dad and I catch each other eating walnuts we just say, “brain food.” Walnuts are SO good for you – one reason being they have omega-3 fatty acids which is one of the best kinds of fat you can put in your body. They look like brains too so it is easy to remember why you should eat them. Pumpkin seeds are a delicious snack too, especially when baked on top of a pumpkin loaf.
- Dates. My new love. I hadn’t tried dates until I made THESE granola bars but man, they are delicious. Not only do they make a great base for homemade granola bars and snacks but they are so sweet and delectable to just eat by themselves.
- Spicy teas. Cinnamon spice. Apple spice. Orange spice. Pumpkin spice. Chai spice. You name it, it’s in my pantry. Autumn was meant for warm and comforting spice teas.