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6 Fall-Friendly Foods to Love (That Aren't Pumpkin)

6 Fall-Friendly Foods to Love (That Aren't Pumpkin)

By Julie Morris, Superfood Chef

For many of us, there is no season quite as stunning as fall. Sure, spring is pretty, summer is fun and winter is cozy, but fall is downright breathtaking. The crisp weather, clear skies, long shadows and dramatically colored leaves make fall a creatively inspiring season, full of romance and reflection.

From a food standpoint, however, fall may initially seem to be a letdown from summer’s fireworks display of seasonal fruits and fresh vegetables. For most people, after a few pumpkin recipes, the excitement quickly fades. Yet some of fall’s finest additions on a plate can quite literally mirror the brilliance of the season with their beautiful colors. And what’s more, these reds, oranges and purples are the aesthetic signal of major antioxidant activity found within each food. So, if you’re already over the obsessive #PSL vibes that started way too early this year, here are six brilliant ingredients to really make your dishes stand out as of-the-moment autumn creations in the healthiest of ways.

1. Pears

While these beauties will be in season all winter, too, that first crop in the fall is often the most flavorful (and the freshest!). Enjoy the blushing varieties like Anjou, Bosc, Bartlett and Comice as a nod to the changing colors of leaves.

2. Squash

It’s not all about pumpkin! Enjoy some of the beautifully hued seasonal squashes like Acorn Squash, Butternut, Kabocha and Blue Hubbard for a swatch of orange on your plate.

3. Goldenberries

Most people don’t think of berries as a fall food, but actually, dried goldenberries are a perfect compliment to many other seasonal specialties. Their citrus-like zing complements comfort dishes featuring squashes, roots and grains perfectly, and their golden-orange appearance is a welcome pop of color on the plate.

4. Goji Berries

Goji berries match the red leaves of the most magnificent trees of the season and are a wonderful way to make dishes look extra festive. Plus, thanks to the low-sugar attributes of the goji berry, you’ll find them a perfect addition to both sweet and savory dishes.

5. Persimmons

Persimmons may look like miniature pumpkins, but these delectable fruits offer a welcome sweetness that begs to differ! Whether sliced up in salads or baked into goodies, the persimmon’s warm orange color is a welcome sight to behold.

6. Grapes

Grapes really hit their peak at the tail-end of summer and into the beginning weeks of fall. The purple and red varieties, in particular, can help round out a fall color theme and can be used either fresh or cooked down into succulent morsels of sweetness for sauces and sides.

Which foods are you most excited to enjoy this fall? Tell us in comments!