Sunday, October 7, 2012

Eat Local: Top Autumnal Produce

Even though you can get pretty much any produce at any time of year
in the UK, all fruit and veg has an annual time to shine. It’s better for the
environment to shop locally, since it reduces the carbon footprint of your
vegetables. Although shopping locally limits you to whatever is currently being
harvested, it’s actually a plus for your body. Throughout winter, our bodies
crave comfort foods to combat the cold weather and lack of precious vitamin
D, a vitamin derived from sunlight. Think chunky stews, thick soups, roasted
veg and warming pies. Here’s a list of fruit and vegetables to look out for.
Leeks look like giant spring onions, and have an onion-like flavour. Chop,
lightly fry with a diced white onion and a generous grind of black pepper, then
blend with vegetable stock and boiled potatoes. Leek soup is hearty and low
calorie, perfect for filling you up and making sure you can still squeeze into
the cream of the crop when shopping for Halloween costumes.
little squash
Flickr: Muffet
Butternut squash and pumpkin are so deliciously autumnal: they’re even
orange, a staple Halloween colour. Peeling a pumpkin is about as fun as
watching your nails dry, but you can roast it with the skin on and scoop out the
soft, roasted flesh after cooking. Butternut squash, pumpkin and sweet potato
are all great additions to a stew, curry or roast. If you decide to make pumpkin soup
always add a splash of orange juice or even orange chunks for depth of
flavour.
Coxes apples also come into season during autumn. While they can always
be slung into your handbag before work, there’s a lot more to the humble
apple than being just a pit-stop snack. Stew them with a sweet blend of mixed
spices, assorted dried fruit and fresh apple juice for a warming breakfast that
tastes great with a little yoghurt.
Elsewhere, be sure to look out for the likes of Savoy Cabbage, sweetcorn,
green tomatoes and blackberries, all of which also come into season over the
autumn months. Eating seasonally has never been so tasty!
(Note: this has been a commissioned post)

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