Tuesday, September 23

A Guide to Seasonal Autumn Produce

California grows about 80-90% of all fruits and vegetables in America, so one can see why these seasons are important. Even if you don't live in California or go to local farmer's markets, this guide can be helpful to anyone that purchases produce from the U.S. Not only does food taste amazing when in season, but purchasing these plants in season also helps sustain a healthy earth because the farming is in tune with nature.

So without further ado, these are some of my favorites that I like to eat in the falltime. They nourish me, and I love going to the markets because I know when I'm suppose to be eating what. If it's at the market then it's in season, and this is also a great way to get the freshest, best-tasting produce year round. It also makes one's diet interesting, because I can't wait to have it again when that time of year comes around.


Here are my autumn favorites:

Apples - Used in vitamin water, eaten raw, minced in dips, as a garnish, juiced for a salad dressing, sliced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin B6, C, K, fiber, magnesium, potassium, and copper. They're also amazing at controlling insulin levels, reducing intestinal disorders, and eliminating heavy metals like lead from the body.

Pears - Used in vitamin water, eaten raw, blended in a salad dressing, diced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin B6, C, K, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper, phosphorus, and manganese. They're also wonderful for colon health, relieving constipation, and lowering cholesterol levels.

Grapes - Used in vitamin water, eaten raw, blended in a salad dressing, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, K, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper, phosphorus, manganese, and omega-3 fatty acids. They're also good for the heart, the eyes, and keeping the brain healthy.

Pomegranates - Used in vitamin water, eaten raw, blended in a salad dressing, diced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, K, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, copper, and a healthy source of fat. They're also fantastic for maintaining eye health, cancer prevention, and maintaining healthy mucous membranes.

Persimmons - Used in vitamin water, eaten raw, chopped on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, E, fiber, magnesium, potassium, copper, phosphorus, and manganese. They're also fabulous for inflammation relief, keeping the skin beautiful, and maintaining healthy mucous membranes.

Radishes - Used in sauces, minced in dips, as a garnish, blended or diced in soups, eaten raw, in salads, blended in smoothies, and juiced. A great source of vitamin B6, C, K, calcium, fiber, sodium, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper, phosphorus, and manganese. They're also excellent for soothing a sore throat, protecting against cancer, and relieving indigestion.

Potatoes - Used in sauces, minced in dips, blended or diced in soups, mashed, baked, and sliced on salads. A great source of vitamin B6, C, K, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, copper, phosphorus, and omega-3 fatty acids. They're also outstanding for lowering blood pressure, cellular renewal, and maintaining a healthy nervous system.

Onions - Used in sauces, minced in dips, as a garnish, in a salad dressing, blended or diced in soups, on salads, and dried for a spice. A great source of vitamin B6, C, K, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, copper, phosphorus, and manganese. They're also incredible at regulating blood sugar, reducing inflammation, and healing infections.

Kale - Used in sauces, minced in dips, blended or chopped in soups, blended in a salad dressing, chopped in salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, K, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, copper, phosphorus, and omega-3 fatty acids. It's also terrific for easing lung congestion, detoxifying the liver, and strengthening the immune system.

Broccoli - Used in sauces, eaten raw, blended or chopped in soups, as a garnish, blended in a salad dressing, chopped on salads, and blended in smoothies. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, E, K, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, protein, copper, phosphorus, and manganese. It's also brilliant at preventing cancer, protecting the teeth, and keeping bones healthy.

Shallots - Used in sauces, minced in dips, as a garnish, in a salad dressing, blended or chopped in soups, minced on salads, and dried for a spice. A great source of vitamin A, B6, iron, potassium, and phosphorus. They're also phenomenal for strengthening the immune system, maintaining a healthy heart, and reducing a cold or a fever.

Rosemary - Used in sauces, in vitamin water, as a tea, chewed for fresh breath, in a salad dressing, minced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, and dried for a spice. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, iron, and manganese. It's also awesome for improving blood circulation, cancer prevention, and enhancing memory.

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♡ Claudia

3 comments:

  1. Again, and as always, you have given such a wonderful gift in this guide, Claudia.
    You have such sage wisdom (pun intended <3), and it is so very beautiful that you share it selflessly.
    Indeed, you are a beautiful and glowing spirit, and I am so very lucky to know you.

    Thank you again, m'love.

    <3
    Aaron

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  2. P.S.: I must try shallots and persimmons! ;3

    <3

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    1. Awwwww! <3 You sir, are so awesome. Thank you! They take me a lot of time to get together. Oh, you got me there! Perhaps indeed. Curiouser and curiouser....

      Wow, again, thank you so much Aaron.
      Yes! Indeed, give them a try. Yum!
      <3 Claudia

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