Autumn is a time of year that we often associate with harvesting, including the harvesting of fall fruit. With so many types of fall fruit available, it can be hard to determine what types are best to start planting. Apples, pomegranates, pears, and figs are only a few of the delicious fall fruits that you should add to your garden.
Apples are one of the best fall fruits that you should start planting. Apples are not only relatively easy to grow, but the wide variety of different types makes them a great choice for picky eaters. In addition, apples have numerous health benefits. Besides the high amounts of vitamins and minerals found in apples, they contain lots of dietary fiber. Fiber is essential to our diets for a number of reasons.
Fiber is relatively slow digesting, meaning that it stays in your stomach for a long time before entering the digestive tract. This helps to keep you feeling full for a long period of time, thereby making it a great choice for people who are dieting or concerned about maintaining their current weight. Fiber has been found to be important in the treatment and prevention of many chronic health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, stroke and some types of cancer.
Pomegranates are another great type of fall fruit that are native to Mediterranean climates, but are becoming more and more popular around the world. One of the most popular ways that pomegranates are served is actually in the juice form. They can be included in salads, as relishes, or even plain and raw out of the fruit. For best results when choosing a pomegranate, make sure that it is relatively firm to the touch, and feels surprising heavy for its size. One of the best aspects of pomegranates is their shelf life. Pomegranates can stay fresh in your refrigerator for up to three months without spoiling.
Pears are a fall fruit that are similar to apples in that there is such a wide variety of them available, you will be sure to find one that suits any fussy palate. For best results, you must be gentle with pears. Handle them with care, and store in the refrigerator. Pears can be eaten raw, baked into a pie or cobbler, or stewed and served over fresh vanilla ice cream.
Figs are relatively unique in the world of fruit due to the fact that they are high in protein and iron. When choosing figs, look for fruit that has firm, smooth skin that is not sticky. Figs can be eaten raw, added to salads or used in a number of desserts.