Fall is here and we’re ready for all things pumpkin spice and football (okay, maybe one more than the other). But it definitely pays to take advantage of autumn’s seasonal fruits and vegetables, and go easy on the tailgating foods. When you buy foods that are in-season, they’re healthier, have richer flavor, and are generally more cost effective. That’s because food is easier to grow in its proper season, it’s more abundant, and has time to fully ripen before being plucked off the vine, bush, or tree, and brought to a grocer near you.
To determine the most nutritionally dense fall produce, we went to Chris Romano, Whole Foods Market’s associate global produce coordinator. Be on the lookout for these fruits and veggies when you hit the grocery store or farmers’ market this season—you’ll enjoy the freshest, healthiest fruits and vegetables autumn has to offer.