The Seasonal Foods Of Fall

Sunrise Senior Living  |  October 4, 2013

For food lovers, it's easy to argue that fall is the best time of year. 

For food lovers, it's easy to argue that fall is the best time of year. During this season, a number of delicious and exciting fruits and vegetables are at their peak, making for some incredible cuisine. Here's a rundown of some of our favorite foods available this time of year and why you should consider piling them on your plate.

Beets are a food unlike any other. Their earthy taste makes them stand out in any dish, not to mention their dazzling purple-red color. They're also good for you, so you shouldn't hesitate to add them to a salad or whip up a borscht at some point this season. According to Full Circle, beets contain high levels of vitamins A, B and C, and they are also rich in the antioxidants beta-carotene and beta-cyanine. As if that wasn't enough, beets contain plenty of potassium, magnesium, fiber and iron.

Apples are one of the most classic autumnal foods, and you can feel good about eating these as often as you like, since they're chock-full of nutrients. Apples also contain plenty of antioxidants, Best Health Mag reports, and they ward off tooth decay by promoting saliva production. Apples are good for the brain too - studies have shown that apple juice can reduce the adverse effects aging has on the mind, the news source reports.

October is the final month that eggplants are in season, so now is the time to stock up on this purple vegetable. According to the World's Healthiest Foods, a single cup of eggplant contains 11 percent of your necessary daily fiber, 10 percent of the needed magnesium and plenty of copper, potassium and vitamins C, K and B6.

It's not just about fruits and veggies this time of year - certain fish are also more plentiful in autumn. The mackerel is one such fish, as their migratory patterns bring a surplus to fisheries in the eastern regions of the U.S., according to a study published in PLOS One. Cooking up a mackerel dish this time of year is wise, because the fish are high in omega-3s, that magic nutrient that can give a major boost to your brain, reports FitDay. On top of that, the fish contains coenzyme Q10, which has been shown to help ward off cancerous agents in the body.