Eating fruits and vegetables is a great way to ensure your body has the minerals and other nutrients it needs to thrive. The recommendation is currently at least five servings of fruits and veggies each day. But when you’re trying to cut costs on your grocery budget, produce can seem expensive.
To save money and help you purchase more produce, you should focus in on fruits and vegetables that are in season. You’ll snag them for a great price per pound, and you’ll know that they are fresh. It is possible to save money and eat healthily.
While summer seems like the most logical season to purchase seasonal fruit, fall is the season of the harvest. You may not be able to find strawberries for a bargain price anymore, but there are plenty of other options out there.
What’s in Season This Fall?
When you’re at the farmer’s markets and grocery stores this season, be sure to check for great deals on all of these fruits and vegetables. They’re all in season right now and waiting for you to buy them.
Apple pie, applesauce, apple butter—there are so many ways to prepare this delicious fruit. They’re also wonderful eaten raw.
Check for apples that don’t have bruises, as they’ll last longer. For maximum storage, keep apples cool.
Pumpkins aren’t just for carving. The smaller pie pumpkins are tasty when stewed. You’ll be able to make homemade pumpkin pie and pumpkin rolls for your Thanksgiving table.
Winter squash last a long time when kept in a dry, cool environment. Stock up now and cook them throughout the fall. Look for varieties like:
- Acorn squash
There are plenty of other kinds too, but those are the most common.
Parsnips look like white carrots. This root vegetable is often used in stews. You can also mash them and serve them as a mashed potato substitute. They store well in the crisper section of your fridge.
While strawberries and blueberries are now out of season, this is the time of year to buy cranberries. You can easily freeze this fruit, and pull it out of the freezer all winter long. Cooking your own cranberry sauce is simple. Here’s a good recipe.
Cauliflower makes a delicious low carb alternative to rice. You can also eat it raw, in soups, or in plenty of other dishes. To make sure your cauliflower lasts a few days in the fridge, keep it in a plastic bag.
Bring on the coleslaw and the sautéed cabbage! This vegetable is also a star in many Asian dishes, such as eggrolls. If you’ve only had boiled cabbage before, your taste buds are in for a treat.
You’ll want to keep your cabbage in the refrigerator, preferably in your crisper section. Keeping it wrapped in plastic will prolong its freshness.
Figs are delightfully sweet. They’re a great way to add natural sugar to a baked dish. Fig bars are perhaps what they’re best known for, though you can prepare them in many ways. Keep your ripe figs in the refrigerator so they’ll stay fresh.
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