Flavors of Fall in Florida

While the weather may not feel very fall-like in South Florida, the fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables (grown right here in Florida!) showing up in your grocery store’s produce section are sure signs that autumn has arrived! With so many delicious flavors sprouting up this time of year, it’s easier than ever to get your 5 daily servings of fruits and vegetables, as recommended by the #GiveMe5 pediatric dietitians at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Here some reasons why you should be eating locally sourced, fall-perfect produce, and a few healthy options to grab on your next trip to the market.

  1. 1. Fruits and vegetables that are locally grown and in season have the best flavors and are less expensive than other items that don’t thrive in the fall.
  2. 2. Not just for Jack-O-Lanterns, pumpkins are harvested during the autumn months in Florida. The same goes for the quince fruit, eggplants, fennel, grapefruit, squash, tomatoes, and zucchini.
  3. 3. Fill your shopping cart with sweet pomegranates, cranberries, apples, beets, arugula, broccoli, artichokes and potatoes. They are all filled with good-for-you vitamins and antioxidants and are even more delicious this time of year.

The Florida Fall Power Fruit: Persimmon

Did you know that one persimmon contains the equivalent of two fruits worth of fiber, but is lower in calories, carbohydrates and natural sugars? Plus, it’s an excellent source of the antioxidant Vitamin A. Persimmons are also very easy to eat, with no core or seeds to deal with—just pop it in your mouth like a grape!

Known as “Nature’s Candy,” persimmons can elevate any average green salad. We recommend the Fuyu variety as a sweet way to complete any fall meal. It also makes for a delicious dessert with no added sugar! Just freeze a ripe Fuyu persimmon and carve out the top with a serrated knife. Spoon out the sweet pudding-like frozen fruit and enjoy for breakfast, an appetizer or a mid-day treat!

For more healthy eating tips, information and ideas for getting your five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, visit our #GiveMe5 webpage at nicklauschildrens.org/giveme5.

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