Chomp down on these fall fruits…

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Apples are probably the first thing everyone thinks about when they hear the word fruit. Have you eaten one lately?

The holiday season is coming and I’m super excited. It’s time for families to join together, share stories, and enjoy each other’s company. But, most importantly of all, it means… huge dinners for everyone to sink their teeth into! There are tons of fruits and veggies coming into season around this time of year, and here are a few to transform any regular old meal into a grand, healthy feast.

The first – and probably the sweetest on this list – is the popular apple. I know it seems like you can buy apples any day of the year, but the best time is from August to November, when they are in season. Besides their crispy and juicy taste, apples are known for their high levels of antioxidants, which fight dangerous chemicals that might be floating around in the body. They also feature around 4 grams of fiber, which is important for making you feel full for much longer.

Now, if you’re looking to mix up those apples in some unique holiday treats, ask your family if you can use the kitchen to make a scumptious apple pie or flavorful tart. Just be sure to include the skin, since it has flavonoids – heart-healthy chemicals. With a dash of cinnamon, I’m sure the creation will become a secret family recipe passed down for generation to generation.

Well, why not add another delicious fruit masterpiece to the list? If that sounds like a good idea, seriously consider buying some pears! I haven’t met a single person in my life that doesn’t enjoy the mouth-watering taste of the fruits. These sweet snacks are an excellent source of of vitamin C and copper! Wait, like the stuff pennies are made out of? Yes, but the body also needs copper to keep organs – like the heart and lungs – totally healthy. Don’t go eating those pennies, though, that’s not what I mean! What’s also cool is that pears, just like apples, have around 4 grams of fiber. They taste amazing, baked or poached, and I know the fruit will be an excellent meal.

Well, probably the best known seasonal fruit is… wait, I’ll give you some clues! It’s related to Halloween and jack-o’-lanterns… and people usually carve a face into it. Do you have an answer? Yes, it’s the pumpkin! This trick-or-treat decoration favorite is not only good for carving faces and scaring kids who want candy, though. Pumpkins are rich in potassium, which is important for muscle function, and also contain more than 20% of the daily recommended fiber! Additionally, the orange fruits are a good source of B vitamins, which play an important role in cell metabolism. Don’t bore the family with the same old pumpkin pie though: spice up the dinner table with pumpkin cakes and puddings!

There are a ton of other fruits and veggies in season this time of year, including colorful kiwis, yummy sweet potatoes, and squash. Add any of the produce mentioned above to dinner and your relatives will ask, “Wow, did you make this yourself?”

Featured image courtesy of Danielle Scott on Wikimedia.