Summer is quite bountiful for fruits but there is a great decline in the variety of fruits during the fall. The fruits that are available are wonderful and have many uses. Eat them while they are available so you get the best flavor and nutritional benefits. Try these:
Apples – Apples are a staple in my house. There are so many kinds of apples as well as uses. You can eat the raw, make applesauce, make apple pie, apple muffins and breads, add to oatmeal or salads, and make into juice. Dice some up and toss them in any meal you can.
Cranberries – Cranberries are known for their benefits with urinary tract issues. They can be beneficial all the time. I like to make Cranberry Tea – add a handful of fresh or frozen cranberries to a pot of water and boil for 10 minutes. Drink hot or cold, you can also sweeten with honey. Cranberries also bake well so add to your next fruit muffin mix.
Pears – A bite into a nice, soft pear cannot be beat. Pears can be quite mild in flavor but they tend to work similarly than apples. You can make a pear sauce, pear tarts, salads with pears, or poached.
Persimmons – Persimmons taste best when they are cold, firm and crisp. They work great in salads, turned into salsa, or made into jam.
Pomegranates – Pomegranates seeds are tiny bursts of flavor. When you open a pomegranate, it should be ruby red and gleaming. To take the seeds out with less mess, open and hold under water while freeing the seeds. Pomegranates are extremely nutritious and taste best raw but can also juiced or cooked into a sauce. I like mine mixed with spinach and pecans.
Pumpkins – Pumpkins are traditionally used for Jack O Lanterns or baked from a can. Pumpkins offer a wide variety of nutrients. There are numerous ways to eat pumpkin. I like to eat baked pumpkin items like Pumpkin Bread. You can make breads, pies, muffins, frostings, soups, and roasted vegetables. Pumpkins works well sweet or savory.
Quince – Quince is best eaten cooked. It is quite tart, which makes it hard to eat raw. When cooked, it will turn a pretty pink color. Quince is not very popular anymore but can be seen in stores every once in awhile.
Figs – Figs are known for the lovely cookies they make up. Figs are soft and sweet, and can be eaten raw or cooked. They are quite versatile. You will find them mostly dried.
Grapes – Grapes are delicious – seriously. Grapes are quite nutritious and have been shown to have many health benefits, including anti-inflammatory benefits. Grapes are versatile; they can be used in sweet dishes, savory dishes, eaten raw, cooked, made into jams, juiced, and frozen (my favorite way – tastes like ice pops).