What’s Fresh This Fall?

Fresh produce is essential for raw dieting , because fruits and vegetables offer their fullest flavors and nutrition just after they are picked . Growing or shopping for seasonal produce will allow you to enjoy the best flavors in every month so that you are inspired to continue following a wholesome raw diet that doesn’t get boring for your palate. Let’s take a look at some of the fruits and vegetables that thrive in the fall and offer an array of nutritional benefits. 

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Butternut Squash
Butternut squash is among the most common winter squashes, and it offers plenty of vitamins A and C along with fiber, potassium, and magnesium. Soup is one of the most favored applications of butternut squash, which has a flavor beautifully complemented by fall spices like cinnamon and cloves.

Cauliflower
Because of its white flesh and somewhat bland flavor, many people assume that the cauliflower is not nutritionally valuable. However, cauliflower is packed with vitamin C and an essential B vitamin called folate. Folate has a number of benefits, including cell production support, improved nerve function and dementia prevention.

Mushrooms
Mushrooms are usually available year-round, but the best selection of flavorful wild mushrooms is available in the fall. Mushrooms are not fruits or vegetables, but rather they are fungi which offer nutrients like niacin, copper, and pantothenate, which may improve the balance of good and bad cholesterol in the blood.

Apples
In the fall season, apples are everywhere, but you will want to know how to pick the best varieties. Selecting organic apple varieties like Golden Delicious or Fuji is a matter of flavor preferences. All apples boast high quantities of dietary fiber, which can aid in digestion. They are best eaten whole with the skin intact instead of in juices or applesauce.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes can be a deliciously healthy substitute for less nutritious starchy vegetables like russet potatoes. Though often referred to as yams, sweet potatoes are a unique vegetable with a soft flesh that can be pureed into a number of tasty fall soups. These potatoes are high in vitamin A and potassium, and they are a great source of fiber.

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