Leaves are turning gold, the air is feeling crisp, and our thoughts are turning to bonfires, pumpkins and Halloween. For astronomy fans, Autumn also means it’s time for the Harvest Moon. This is the name given to the first full moon that takes place closest to the Autumn equinox. The name Harvest Moon comes from when farmers would need to start gathering in crops to prepare for the winter months. They used the bright moonlight to extend the working day. This year, it will take place 24 September 2018
So what’s in season this Autumn?
Fruit: Apples, Blackberries, Damsons, Elderberries, Pears, Plums, Quince and Sloes
Vegetables: Beetroot, Carrot, Celeriac, Mushrooms, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Marrow, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Rocket, Sorrel, Squashes, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes and Watercress
Not only does it make economic sense to eat seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables that are more readily available, but it has health benefits too, because foods in season contain the nutrients and trace elements that our bodies need at particular times of the year. For example, butternut squash and apples are packed with vitamin C, which boosts our resistance to winter colds.
When you are out walking through the countryside and enjoying the autumn weather, why not collect some chestnuts to roast at home. Chestnuts may seem like an average nut, but they have some important health benefits that include improved digestive health, strengthens bones, manages diabetes, boosts immune system, protects cardiovascular health and lowers blood pressure. So not only is this outdoor activity fun for the family, your health will benefit too.
Why not try this delicious Butternut Squash Recipe, butternut is low in fat and it provides a good dose of dietary fiber, making it an exceptionally heart-friendly choice. It provides significant amounts of potassium, for bone health, and vitamin B6, essential for the proper functioning of both the nervous and immune systems.
Try pairing it with a granary loaf and cheese for a delicious tea time treat!
Butternut Squash Soup