Seasonal Vegan Foods For Fall

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There’s something very satisfying about the crisp, sweet taste of corn on the cob or a juicy apple in the fall, especially if you’ve grown and picked it yourself. When the weather starts to get cooler, it’s great to eat comforting warm foods to keep our bodies warm inside and out. So what fall vegan foods should be on your plate, and why? Keep reading because we’re going to give you some useful information about eating seasonally and some product ideas you can cook with.



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Fall Vegan Foods For Eating Seasonally

What Is Eating Seasonally?

Eating seasonally simply means you’re eating the foods at the same time that they’re grown and harvested. On the other hand, it means you’re eating locally.

 

Why Should We Eat Seasonally?

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If you’re not used to eating seasonally or are aware of seasonal foods, you should know that they provide us with many economic and physical benefits.

 

Help Your Local Community

Buying local food products helps local farms and farmers receive money that they can reinvest in business growth or spend on other local produce. It also doesn’t stop there; supporting your community this way creates more job opportunities for people in your area, and you feel more connected to where your food is coming from.

 

Ensures Your Food’s Quality

Buying foods directly from the farmers gives you a chance to understand how good they are and what processes they go through. Even when you don’t have that chance, local seasonal foods are always fresher, tastier, and more nutritious. 

They tend to have a richer flavor because they are picked at the peak of ripeness. If your produce is grown off-season in another country, then they are picked early and before they are ripe so that they can ripen while they travel. 

In turn, your food is going to be more nutritious because it’s picked when ripe. Picking foods before they are ripe cuts out nutrients, and if genetic modification is used, even more so.

 

Gets Rid of Boring Daily Menus

Consider eating seasonally as a chance to try something new in your daily vegan diet. You’re guaranteed to consume a variety of produce, meaning a more balanced diet. Now you have a great excuse to mix up your meals and create your own new recipes.

 

Cost Effective

Seasonal food is more abundant and, therefore, cheaper to buy. Out of season produce from further-flung countries costs more in travel and time, or expenses are added for food grown in a greenhouse.

 

Environmentally Friendly

If your food has to travel, then it’s using gas or resources to get to your destination store, increasing the carbon footprint.

 

What Kinds Of Fall Vegan Foods To Eat This Season?

There are a lot of seasonal foods during the fall that you can choose to enrich your meals. For example: 

  • Vegetables: pumpkin, carrots, squash, sweet potato, spinach, rocquet, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, celery, beets, cabbage, parsnips, squash, cauliflower, artichokes, eggplant, okra, and fennel
  • Whole grains: oats, millet, brown rice, and quinoa
  • Legumes: soybeans, lentils, beans, and chickpeas
  • Fruit: apples, pomegranates, figs, pears, cranberries, limes, quinces, and grapes 
  • Herbs: ginger, garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, basil, chili, dill, rosemary, parsley, thyme, lemongrass, and sage

With the abundance of foods, consider making sauces, jams, long-simmering stews, hot pots, and one-pot meals – all the things we eschew in warmer weather. 

Seasonal eating is a chance to try different foods, change up what you’d normally eat, and a great excuse to stay healthy. Seasonal foods are not too far from your reach; in fact, they’re just around the corner when you buy them locally. Get yourself some seasonal produce this fall to make the most creative meals for friends and family. Fall seems to be the time of year when we get back in our kitchens after a disruptive few months and get ready for different celebrations.

Are you eating seasonally? What does your vegan fall menu look like? Write it down to share with us in the comment section below.

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