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Life Matters: Celebrating Fall Fruits


It’s fall, y’all!

Autumn is the season when some of Mother Nature’s oldest and most exotic fruits including figs, persimmons, quinces and pomegranates are in season in the Mid-South. These fruits originated in ancient Egypt, the Middle East, India and Central Asia, and as immigrants found their way to our community, so did their native fruits.

They are especially delicious when used in baking.  Be adventurous and step outside your baking comfort zone to use one or more of these fruits in your cobbler, crumble or pie recipe.

Did you know that a persimmon has twice the fiber of an apple?  When baked or poached they have a lovely sweet delicate flavor.

The quince can be made into a delicious sweet paste that is the perfect accompaniment to a cheese plate.   Perfect for a fall appetizer or to take along for the tailgate party.

Get creative and enjoy these ancient exotic fruits while they are in season and at their most flavorful.

If you can’t get enough of fall flavors, join us this Friday, September 7, for The Art of Dinner: Fall Into Flavor in the Church Health Nutrition Hub. Tickets are on sale at CHURCH HEALTH DOT ORG, and proceeds benefit Church Health’s community nutrition programming.

This is Sharon Moore for Church Health.