Put These on Your Fall Food List

 

The fall harvest is beginning and the variety of products grown here is in full, vibrant display. There is plenty of fall produce you are probably familiar with, so we thought we’d expand your horizons with our favourite Top 5 fall food finds you might not have thought of trying.

 

#5 – Celeriac (AKA Celery Root)

One bite and you’ll know why it’s called celery root. The fresh crispness of celery is undeniable, but it’s a whole different textural experience. Celeriac is quite elegant and often used in upscale dishes and dining. It’s pretty easy to find come the fall. Just ask for local celeriac.

We also found a great recipe idea for celeriac.

#4 - Cranberries

Two things you need to know. They’re grown locally and they’re great for more than making cranberry sauce. In fact, cranberries are one of the healthiest foods on earth. Harvest happens in the fall and that’s when they’re at their best. For all kinds of cranberry inspiration including products and recipes, check out our friends at Terra Beata Cranberry Farm on the South Shore.

#3 Saskatoon Berries

Saskatoon is a long way from here, but these interesting berries are indeed farmed in Nova Scotia. You can use these guys pretty much anywhere you’d use wild blueberries from smoothies to pancakes and muffins. It might take a little bit of asking around your local farmers’ market to find them, but they’re totally worth a try.

# 2 Jerusalem Artichokes

It’s not an artichoke and it’s not from Jerusalem. It’s tasty though. Slightly sweet, nutty…sort of like a water chestnut. The local bounty is usually September/October and you can find them locally in places like Pete’s. One thing people like is that they don’t contain any starch like their potato cousins. You can eat them raw (skin on, no need to peel) or cube them up and roast with olive oil, salt and pepper in a 400-degree oven. Great in soups and stews.

# 1 - Kohlrabi

Somewhere between the worlds of cabbage and broccoli lives kohlrabi. And yes, it kind of looks like it’s right out of an alien movie. But peel back the rubbery outer leaves and reveal a crisp, white centre. It’s delicious thinly sliced in salads or slaws as well as roasted with a little salt, olive oil and lemon juice. The perfect side dish for steak or grilled fish.

There you have them. Five more amazing fall foods to try. But remember, these are only a small sampling of what’s out there right now. All you have to do is “Ask for Local”.