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:
Avocados – new varieties
Citrus – oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits
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.