Autumn is here and I'm starting to see more seasonal produce. One exciting thing about seasons changing is cooking with local (if possible) seasonal ingredients. Your food will have more flavor and your taste-buds will thank you!
Last summer I wrote a blog post about Finding Seasonal Produce. Veggies and fruits are key component to healthy eating. Consuming produce fresh from harvest is the best way to get the highest level of vitamins and minerals.
Remember that most mainstream produce is shipped from very far away. How far does your produce travel? Find out at TheFoodIllusion.wordpress.com.
Autumn Produce for Florida
Broccoli and Broccoli raabe
Curly Endive (Frisée)
Edamame (soy beans)
Eggplant (early fall)
Grapes (early fall)
Herbs (hearty sorts are available fresh in fall – look for bundles of rosemary, parsley, thyme, and sage)
Kohlrabi (late fall)
Lettuce (in warmer climates)
Okra (early fall)
Peppers (early fall)
Radishes (all types)
Winter Squash (all types)
Some of my favorites are on that list: apples, beets, broccoli, eggplant, garlic, herbs, leafy greens, Florida oranges, sweet potatoes, squash and zucchini. Yum!
And a few new ones that I'd love to try: arugula, chicories, parsnips, persimmons, quinces and tomatillos.
Helpful Resources for Finding Local Food
- About.com's Search by Region
- FieldtoPlate.com's Seasonal Lookup Guide
- FoodandWine.com's Fresh Fall Produce
Enjoy the season!