Fall Fruits And Vegetables To Add To Your Grocery List
One of the best parts of fine dining in Pawleys Island is the variety of fall dishes crafted with fruits and vegetables of the season. From crisp pears and apples to savory sweet potatoes and figs, fall produce instantly enhances any dish. Imagine dining outdoors in Pawleys Island with a glass of St. Christopher Riesling paired with a thick slice of sweet potato and caramelized onion frittata.
Fall recipes are filled with rich flavors accented with seasonal spices that pair perfectly with hand crafted cocktails or quality wine. Whether you’re browsing a Pawleys Island restaurant menu or creating a meal in your own kitchen, be sure to add these fall fruits and veggies to your must-try list.
Best Fall Vegetables
Winter Greens: Kale is the superfood that loves cold weather. This vegetable is as durable as it is healthy, withstanding snowy conditions to continue to grow. Just one cup of kale has the recommended daily amount of Vitamins A, C, and K. For holiday meals, simmer collard, mustard or turnip greens for calcium and Vitamins B and C.
Sweet Potato: The sweet potato is a starchy, sweet-tasting root vegetable that offers a creamy or crunchy texture to any meal, depending on how it is prepared. Sweet potatoes are loaded with antioxidants. Plus, they contain iron, calcium, selenium, and they’re a good source of Vitamins B and C. The fiber in this vegetable with improve digestive health.
Winter Squash: Winter squash comes in a variety of types, including butternut, acorn, spaghetti, and the ever-popular pumpkin. These squashes are harvested in early fall but can be enjoyed throughout the coldest winter months. Thick, creamy soups, pasta dishes, and roasted side dishes made with winter squash are loaded with Vitamins A and C, magnesium, and potassium.
Best Fall Fruits
Figs: Add figs to your turkey stuffing during the holidays or pair the fruit with cheese and charcuterie as a prelude to your cocktail party. The fruit can be folded into baked goods, frozen in ice cream, or added to your avocado toast. This versatile fall fruit contains fiber to aid in digestion and may help lower cholesterol levels.
Apples: While you can grab fresh apples during the summer months, there are certain varieties that reach their peak flavor during the fall months. Cobblers, casseroles, and pies are sweet and savory with the perfect fall apple. This sweet fruit is loaded with antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber.
Pears: More than 3,000 types of pears exist, so, like apples, you can find them year-round, but the fall varieties make the sweetest desserts and most savory entrees. Increase your Vitamin C and K intake with dishes filled with pears. Red skin pears also offer anthocyanins, carotenoids, and flavonols.
Search your local farmers markets and produce markets for the best fall fruits and vegetables. You’ll find the best flavors from local sources where there are fewer steps between the source of the food and your table. Chive Blossom values locally-sourced foods and, when preparing our fine dining meals, uses local ingredients when possible.