So we can’t say it’s officially fall yet—but it’s almost here! One of the best parts of fall is access to incredible amounts of local, fresh produce. For much of the United States, September is a great harvest month. Our doctors are huge advocates of diets rich in fruits and vegetables—and it’s even better if you can get them while the crops are in season.
Save this list of tasty September fruits and veggies, and be sure to pick some up this month! Share in the comment section below if you have a great recipe.
Apples – High in quercetin, an antioxidant, and rich in fiber.
Artichokes – Teeming with fiber, offering around 10 grams per ‘choke. Also loaded with antioxidants!
Blackberries – Great source of vitamin C, as well as fiber, iron, calcium, manganese and potassium.
Blueberries – A superfood! Chockfull of vitamin C, potassium, flavonoids and antioxidants.
Broccoli – Filled with folate, which fights obesity, heart disease, stroke and reduces the risk of cancer.
Cabbage – One of the few veggies with vitamin E!
Carrots – Loaded with vitamins A, B and C, beta-carotene, iron, calcium and potassium.
Chili Peppers – Source of beta-carotene and capsaicin, thought to decrease risk of prostate cancer.
Cucumber – Can help lower cholesterol! Excellent for juicing.
Figs – Rich in minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron. Great for a sweet treat.
Horseradish – Rich in glucosinolates, which help the body detoxify the liver.
Leeks – Great source of antioxidants and phytonutrients, which may enhance the immune system.
Peaches – Perfect for vitamin A and potassium. Also offers around 3 grams of fiber.
Pears – Great source of fiber, as well as vitamin C and potassium.
Plums – Incredible source of antioxidants. Also great for vitamin A, calcium and vitamin C.
Pumpkins – Get fiber, beta-carotene and protein from the flesh; potassium, magnesium and zinc from the seeds!
Red Onions – A powerful antibiotic that can help lower cholesterol and enhance immune function.
Spinach – Known for vitamin A, C and K. Also packs calcium, iron, potassium and even protein.
Tomatoes – Excellent for vitamin C, and contains the cancer-fighting antioxidant, lycopene