Fall Equinox is here!

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The fall equinox (equal day/night) is upon us and that means a shift into shorter days and longer nights.  Eating locally grown, nutritive rich foods is the best defense against colds and flu.  Start looking out for the foods listed below:

Apples

Artichokes

Arugula

Asian Pears

Avocados – new varieties

Brussel Sprouts

Cabbage

Celery Root

Citrus – oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits

Endive

Pears

Peas

Persimmons

Pomegranates

Pumpkins

Quince

Radicchio

Rapini

Shell Beans

Sorrel

Sweet Potatoes

Turnips

Watercress

Winter Squash – kabocha, acorn, butternut etc.

 

Helpful Tip- Select apples that are smooth-skinned and deeply colored. Apples should be stored in a cool place. A perforated plastic bag works best, as it allows some of the moisture to escape while keeping the apples crisp.  Varietal distinctions are terribly important with apples. Some apples are terrific early, but don’t store well such as Gala. Some that are harvested later and will taste good for months are Honeycrisp. Taste before you buy. Make your own applesauce –cut into chunks, cover with water in a pot or crock pot, cook until tender, and mash. Add cinnamon for an extra dimension of flavor and warmth.  

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