Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Myth: Eating seasonal foods is harder after summer.

Answer: Busted

While summer offers great seasonal foods, so does the fall! In Missouri, there is a wide variety of delicious foods in every season. (We are quite fortunate to have such a big selection compared to other states.) Come early September, we will still see some produce from the summer, and autumn produce will start sprouting up. We will still see blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, grapes, peaches, green beans, summer squash, tomatoes, lima beans and sweet potatoes. But be on the lookout for broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce and other greens coming from the garden.

Here is a list of foods you can find in September in Missouri:
Apples, Beets, Bell Peppers, Blackberries, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Grapes, Green Peas, Greens, Horseradish, Hot Peppers, Lettuce, Lima Beans, Nectarines, Okra, Onions, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Popcorn, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Scallions, Snap Beans, Southern Peas, Summer Squash, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watermelon, Winter Squash

Not quite sure how to cook seasonal produce? Visit Missouri Families for some great recipe ideas, and check out this new MU Extension publication: Seasonal and Simple: A Guide for Enjoying Fresh Fruits and Vegetables.

Guest Contributor: Eva Hightaian, Nutrition Intern at the University of Missouri
Co-Author: Donna Mehrle, MPH, RD, LD,
mehrled@missouri.edu, University of Missouri Extension

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