Fall Fruits and Vegetables
Probably the most popular and plentiful fall fruits are apples, which can be munched on raw, candied and baked into pies. In addition to their full flavor, apples are packed with potassium, calcium, vitamin C, folic acid and fiber. Another fixture in the produce aisle is the pumpkin -- and it's not just for carving. Pumpkins contain carotenoids, which help prevent cancer and heart disease. Other fruits that peak in the fall are pears and grapes.
Root vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, beets, rutabagas and turnips, also abound this time of year. They add a hearty flavor to stews or roasted meats. Greens like cabbage, collards, brussels sprouts and spinach are rich in vitamins and nutrients and readily available during cooler months. Winter squash and broccoli are other delicious, fiber-rich options for vegetable enthusiasts to roast or tuck into creamy casseroles for a healthful boost.