Autumn is officially under way and whilst we may not be overjoyed with the change in climate, we’re most certainly loving the abundance of fresh fruit and veg that are currently in season! Ripe and ready to eat, here’s some of this season’s best…
Big bad boys such as pumpkin and squash have spent the whole summer beefing themselves up ready for the autumnal season. They contain key nutrients such Vitamin B6 and are a vegetarian source of Pantothenic acid, so get scoffing!
Sweet potatoes are a pretty versatile plant as they can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes. They have a high Vitamin A content, with 100g providing you with three quarters of your daily intake.
Much like Marmite, you either love beetroot, or loathe it. Its amazingly rich deep purple colouring comes from a dense concentration of betaines – which are the teeny tiny amino acids that can help to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Late bloomers, blackcurrants are one of the richest sources of Vitamin C with 100g providing over 200% of your recommended daily intake. Blackcurrants are well known for their high levels of phytochemicals, including polyphenol and anthocyanin. They’re also an excellent natural source of Vitamin E and iron.
Blackberries contain a wide range of phytochemicals such as flavonoids, with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Not only are they a good source of Vitamin K and folic acid, but their seeds also contain Omega 3 and fibre.
Did you know that the colour of a plum dictates its nutritional value? The more yellow, the more beta-carotene and Vitamin A it will contain and the stronger the purple, the more antioxidant and flavonoid nutrients.