Fall has come again and with it a new harvest of tasty treats. It can be a little sad to say goodbye to the peaches and strawberries of summer, but we can now look forward to cooler weather fruits like: pears, pumpkins, pomegranates, squash, cranberries, persimmons, and of course, apples. So with the local grocery stores and farmers’ markets preparing for the new fall produce, here are a few ideas on how to make the most of this season’s best fruits.
1. Salads – Salads have a slightly different meaning in the cooler months than they do in summer. Many falls salads, while featuring the fresh fall produce, also tend to be slightly heavier with warmer spices, nuts, creamy dressings, darker greens, and cooked or roasted ingredients. So if the cold weather isn’t giving you that same craving for a raw garden salad, try one of these delicious fall-inspired creations.
2.Desserts– Aside from the classic apple pie and cranberry sauce, fall fruits have the vibrant color and rich flavor to make every dessert a favorite. Traditionally, fall fruit desserts are enhanced with warm, rich flavors like maple, cinnamon, and caramel to give that comfort food feeling with all of the season’s best nostalgia. Check out these recipes for the perfect end to a crisp fall day. Raisin Bread Apple Crisp
3. Savory Sauces – We all know about pork chops and applesauce, but the culinary world has always had a thing for combining the savory with the sweet. Fall fruits can arguably make some of the best sauces and accompaniments to roasted meats and root vegetables given their sweet, but hearty flavors. For some inspiring dinner ideas, check out the following recipes.
4. Drinks– It’s time to trade the lemonade for the apple cider. After many months of enjoying our drinks out of tall glasses stacked with ice, we can now settle down with a hot drink in our favorite mug. Whether it’s for a tailgating party or a quiet night in, these drinks are sure to leave you feeling cozy and in the spirit of the season.
5. Decorations – No one said that just because it’s food you have to eat it. In addition to their wonderful flavors, fall fruits are colorful, sturdy, and incredibly aromatic making them ideal for scented potpourri, hanging decorations, and fall-inspired gifts. Check out these creative ideas.