Fall season is in full swing in Ontario, which means that grocery stores and farmer’s markets are packed with seasonal organic produce.
Not sure what’s in season? Here are some items to look out for:
Fennel – this fall vegetable is high in manganese, phosphate and calcium, all of which are perfect for maintaining bone health. With a slight licorice flavour, fennel pairs well with apples and would make a delicious fall salad.
Eggplant – Eggplants contain multiple antioxidants, and are beneficial for weight loss as they are high in fiber and low in calories. Because of its earthy flavour and meaty texture, they make a great meat substitution in lasagnas, burgers, pizzas and more!
Parsnips – This vegetable contains a high level of vitamins E & C, as well as folate, which are all beneficial for maintaining eye and oral health. To enjoy, boil until soft, then blend with garlic, salt and pepper to make a tasty puree.
Rutabaga – Eating rutabaga will provide you with antioxidants to prevent premature aging, as well as potassium that will maintain heart health. Similar to a potato, rutabagas can be served roasted or mashed.
Artichokes – Artichokes are high in a variety of nutrients and contain specific antioxidants that promote liver health and detoxification. Have then cooked in pasta, raw in salads, or pureed into savoury dips!
Squashes – With so many varieties available, these highly nutritious and fibrous vegetables are perfect for soups, pastas, roasted dishes and more!