Fall Health | What Produce Should You Be Picking Up This Season

New York’s late harvest,  leaves you with a plethora of  in-season fruits and vegetables to choose from during the fall. Put together a fabulous dinner party meal plan with these peak-of-perfection produce options.

Beets

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The intense sweetness and vibrant color of beets bring a dynamic element to your fall plate. They contain a significant amount of vitamin C and folate, as well as an anti-inflammatory nutrient called betaine. Give your beets a gourmet presentation by putting together this delicious salad with fennel and bonito dressing.

Brussels Sprouts

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Brussels sprouts pair perfectly with many fall dishes, such as prime rib and heritage ham. They add plenty of protein, fiber and antioxidants to your dish. While you typically feature this vegetable as a side, this vibrant dish uses brussels sprouts as its base. Roasted Brussels sprouts with cabbage and pine nuts can stand on its own.

Leeks

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Leeks introduce onion flavors into your dish without overpowering subtle elements. This cold weather vegetable is a great source of vitamin A, B6 and K. It also contains kaempferol, which reduces the risk of chronic diseaseThis recipe lets you transition into the fall with a thick and filling soup.

Winter Squash

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Squash is a characteristic symbol of fall and with so many different varieties, it deserves a place in your meal planning. You get fiber and vitamin C, along with carotenoids that can reduce heart disease risk. Stuffed winter squash can act as an appetizer or a main dish, and allows you to customize the dish for your dinner guests’ preferences.

Apples

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This iconic fruit lasts throughout the fall season, giving you plenty of time to enjoy it at its peak. The fiber content reduces diabetes risk and your cholesterol count and the antioxidants fight many diseases. With more apple varieties than any other state, NY offers apples for any palette. From sweet and tangy to tart and crisp apples are easy to enjoy on their own or include in a recipe. End your autumn dinner with the irresistible salted-butter apple galette with maple whipped cream.
There are farmers markets located around NYC where you can find all the above produce and more. Visit Time Out New York for a list of their top picks and where to find these Green Markets.