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Seasonal Fall Produce Picks

As the scorching Georgia summer comes to a close, we welcome cool weather, falling leaves, and fall produce. Although we are sad to see summer favorites like tomatoes and peaches dwindle, the changing autumn weather brings a new assortment of fruits and vegetables for us to enjoy.  Here are a few of our fall favorites that are already or will be available for delivery in the coming weeks:

Artichokes are a low calorie and nutrient rich vegetable that are available in the spring and fall. Historical records first mention the plant as far back as 77AD and it appears that the artichoke was first developed in Sicily, Italy. The thickened heart of the artichoke and the fleshy bases of the leaves are the portions eaten. One medium artichoke is an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C, folate, and magnesium. These funky vegetables are also a natural source of health promoting antioxidants.

How to Store & Prepare:
To store your fresh artichokes, sprinkle the stems with water and place it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Do not rinse or cut the artichoke – if stored like this, they should keep for 3-5 days. Artichokes are a bit tricky to prepare and take some time to break down. Check out this video on how to prepare your artichoke.


Delicata Squash
, also sometimes known as sweet potato squash or Bohemian squash, is a winter variety with yellow skin and green stripes on an oblong shape. This variety differs from other types due to its soft texture. Delicata Squash is easily chopped and sliced and does not require roasting or baking unlike other winter squashes. Its flavor is very similar to sweet potatoes and can be used interchangeably with them and butternut squash.  The Delicata is rich in Vitamins A & C as well as iron and calcium and makes an excellent low carb or gluten free substitution for many recipes.

How to Store & Prepare:
This squash can be stored on the counter for a few days but because it is soft, it should be refrigerated. To prepare Delicata and other winter squash varieties, remove the skin, slice in half and scoop out the seeds. Next you may slice, cube, or spiralize the flesh for cooking. Squash is often best roasted in the oven  but this is not required for the Delicata; instead try stuffing the squash halves with your favorite ingredients and bake it whole.

FennelFennel is a crunchy, anise flavored vegetable that is most often associated with Italian cooking. This white and pale green bulb is adorned with superimposed stalks and feathery green leaves – all of which are edible. Fennel is closely related to parsley, carrots, dill and coriander.  It is also a great source of dietary fiber, potassium, manganese, copper, phosphorus, and folate. In addition, fennel is a good source of vitamin c, calcium, pantothenic acid, magnesium, iron, and niacin.

How to Store & Prepare:
Fennel has a very high water content which makes it prone to freezing in overly cold refrigerators. This vegetable should be stored loosely wrapped in a perforated plastic bag in the crisper drawer. Avoid storing near ethylene gas releasing fruits such as apples, apricots, melons, and figs.

In Italian cuisine, the bulb is often roasted and enjoyed after a meal. Fennel also pairs very well with citrus; its licorice flavor tastes amazing with thin slices of grapefruit, avocado, and a drizzle of vinaigrette. The delicate fronds may also be used as a garnish for any meal.

Muscadine Grapes are a wild, native plant to Georgia and the Southeastern United States. This grape cultivar is pleasant enough to eat on its own despite its somewhat tough skin and seeds. Muscadines shine in jellies, jams, juices, and dessert wines that have a flavor reminiscent of muscat wine.  Muscadines are much more nutrient dense that traditional red or green grapes and are fu of antioxidants. A single muscadine also has as much fiber as five seedless grapes!

How to Store & Prepare:
Unwashed Muscadines should be stored in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator for up to a week. To prepare, wash grapes in cold water and pat dry. To remove the seeds, slice them in half and remove the seed with the tip of a paring knife. The seeds, however, are edible.

Persimmons are delicate, golden yellow or bright orange fruits that originate from far East Asia. Its sweet, smooth flesh is rich in many health promoting nutrients such as Vitamin C, A, and B-complex as well as various minerals. Most notably, persimmons are rich in various antioxidants that are vital for optimum health.

How to Store and Prepare:
Persimmons should be left on the counter until ripe and then stored in the refrigerator to maintain their crispness. These fruits can be consumed fresh, dried, or cooked. Raw fruits can be cut into quarters and added to salads and desserts or eaten wholesome like an apple. Their texture ranges from firm to mushy and is very sweet.


Other September Seasonal Finds:

  • Apples
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Fennel
  • Figs
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Pears
  • Peppers (all varieties)
  • Plums
  • Pomegranate
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Corn
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Winter Squash

Which are your favorite fall fruits and vegetables? Share your favorites (and recipes!) in the comments below. Be sure to subscribe to the blog for updates, news, health & wellness information, and more.

Check out our website to browse our selection of Certified Organic fall produce as well as pastured meats, coffee, tea, prepared foods, and more! www.naturesgardenexpress.com

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