The Best Fruits for a Flavorful Fall

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While fall isn’t quite here yet, the fruits are ripe and ready! One of the best things about the changing of the seasons are the fruits that come with it. This fall, here are some of the best and healthiest fruits to satisfy your appetite.

Apples are the sweet, crunchy fall favorites packed with antioxidants. What’s great about this is that they help prevent chronic illness and slow aging. With over 7,500 different apple varieties, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Either way, any apple fit to your liking is a great snack after a long day. The versatility of this fruit is also amazing—from apple pie to apple jam, you can make just about anything with apples!

Pears, my absolute favorite and totally not because they exist as the Genovian national fruit, come in two major categories: European and Asian. Growing up, I ate Asian pears which are as crispy as apples that they’re nicknamed apple pears; in contrast, European pears are softer and easier to bruise, and in my opinion, much sweeter. Regardless of the variety, these fruits are great for you because of it can help lower “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. To get that daily dose of fiber and to satisfy a sweet tooth, snack on the fruit whole or incorporate into recipes from filling breakfasts to healthier cocktails.

The fruit of the season, and technically a member of the squash family, pumpkins are a fitting fruit for the season. While I’m not the biggest fan of pumpkins, the health benefits (and essential role in Halloween) have swayed me to add them on this list. Pumpkins promote healthy vision and cell growth and the seeds are also a good source of an omega-3 fatty acid that may help those with heart disease, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.

And the last entry on this list are pomegranates. The health benefits of this fruit has only been recently recognized and some studies suggest the fruit’s antioxidants can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Pomegranates are my least favorite fruit on this list, what with all the hassle in de-seeding them. Nevertheless, POM juice, anyone?