Changing Leaves: A Guide to Early Fall Produce
You know the winds and the leaves have begun to change when these scrumptious options began to show up at your local market.
Available starting in September, these grapes are red, plump, thick-skinned, sweet and seeded.
Grapes are rich in resveratrol an anti-oxident that may inhibit heart disease, cancer, and nerve diseases such as alzheimers. You can find these kingly morsels on the tables of Ibarra, Smit Orchards and J & J Farms.
Kabocha Squash (ka-bow-cha)
Hailing from Japan by way of Cambodia and Spanish colonialism, the Kabocha squash is also known as the dark green Japanese pumpkin. The mainly winter squash has a succulent, sweet flesh that boasts the texture of a cross between a sweet potato and a pumpkin. Highly nutritious, kabocha is high in the antioxidant beta-carotene (the precursor to Vitamin A). Check out these misfits of the pumpkin world at Happy Boy Farms
and Thomas Farms.
Fuji and Gala Apples
Another Japanese agricultural descendent is the Fuji apple, which although developed in Japan is a cross of the American apple breeds Red Delicious and Ralls Janet. The Fuji apple is speckled pink over a yellow green background and is often sweet and crisp. The Gala apple is a hardy apple that can be grown year round. It is the child of three apple parents: Golden Delicious, Kidd's Orange Red and Cox's Orange Pippin. Both these varietals are coming off the trees from Smit Orchards
and J & J Farms.
Fall into autumn with us.
Hope to see you this Sunday!
Chris Hall, aka El Jefe
Food Fun: Kabocha Squash Soup with Pimenton and Preserved Lemon
Winter squash can be intimidating. So what could be better than a warm soup to get comfortable? Find the recipe and make friends here.