Seasonality of what you consume is more important than ever. Not only are restaurants adopting the practice of creating dishes that use ingredients that are in season, but many grocery stores are also beginning to do the same.
One of the most important things you can do is to arm yourself with the knowledge of what's in season during certain months so you can make the most out of the produce.
In-season produce not only tastes better, but you're also supporting the local farmers and eliminating your carbon footprint by minimizing orders for items that aren't available in your area, but are grown across the world and have to be shipped.
Here's what's in season during Fall 2015.
Is it possible to go through fall without having some nice butternut squash soup? Earthy and versatile, squash comes in a huge variety and can be used in just about any recipe, including spaghetti!
Sweet and juicy, pears will brighten up your winter. They are great in both savory and sweet dishes.
Pomegranate adds a wonderful sweet note to any savory dish, and can stand up on its own in desserts. Find opening a pomegranate daunting? Here's how to do it quickly, easily, and cleanly.
Broccoli is probably one of the healthiest vegetables out there, and now is the best time to load everything up with it.
Delicate and supple, lettuce is a strong reminder of warmer days that's also packed with nutrients.
Brussels sprouts are certainly not everyone's favorites, but when made right, they're incredible. Key tip: don't under- or overcook your sprouts!
Incorporate this powerful cruciferous vegetable to punch up your nutritional intake this winter.
Classic pumpkin. As if you could have gone through the autumn season without having any. It's also rich in dietary fiber, antoxidants, minerals, and vitamins, meaning there's no reason not to have any!
Delightful in salads, as desserts, and as snacks, the apple is one of the most versatile foods around.
This complex carb is another item on the "Foods of Fall" list that makes it a necessary ingredient for the season. Sweet and filling, it's perfect as a supporting side dish, or the star of the show.
Sweet, crunchy, and perfect in stews, as a sauté, and in soups, it's a beautifully vibrant ingredient to add into any fall dish.
Cooked or eaten raw, turnips will give you all the vitamin C you need to keep you healthy and happy through the winter.
Seasonality is important to adhere to, but with Urban Cultivator, you won't have to miss greens that are only available in the spring and summer seasons because you can grow your own 365 days a year.
What do you like to cook during the fall? Let us know in the comments section!