10 Typical Autumn Delicacies, Full of Tradition and Flavour!
As the autumn comes new colours, aromas and flavours appear, typical of a colder season. Summer juices and salads are replaced by more cosy dishes. It is the beginning of a new era!
During fall season, delight yourself with these 10 typical delicacies
Autumn brings with it fallen leaves, bare trees, grey days and a temperature fall. However, although these changes make us feel melancholic and longing for the good weather, this season also brings some good things. It offers us delicious products to eat and enjoy by the fireplace, in the company of friends and family. It’s never too much to remember the delights this season brings us.
Rich in vitamins A and C, complex carbohydrates and potassium, chestnuts are a very versatile ingredient. Apart from roasted chestnuts, so typical from this season, there are many other ways to prepare the fruit. It can be used to make soups, to accompany meat dishes or even to make desserts and jams.
Jeropiga is a traditional Portuguese alcoholic beverage. It consists of a sweet wine-based liqueur, resulting from the addition of brandy to grape must. It is a fantastic digestive drink, aimed at finishing a meal or to accompany roasted nuts.
Autumn is also grape harvesting period, so grapes stand out on the table and in the glass. Table grapes are rich in fibre and antioxidants, which minimize the action of free radicals in our body. Besides, they are very practical to eat and transport, by well complementing several dishes. They are particularly enjoyable in salads or combined with various cheeses.
4. Mulled Wine
Mulled wine can be flavoured with fruits (orange, lemon and apple) and spices (anise, cinnamon and cloves). It is a pleasant and comforting drink, ideal for warming-up the cold nights of this season.
Autumn, pumpkin and Halloween are already inseparable in our country. Pumpkin is rich in magnesium (essential for the body), iron and omega 3. It can be used to prepare soups, starters, main dishes and various desserts and jams.
6. Dried Fruits
Nuts, pine nuts and hazelnuts are dried fruits we associate with this time of the year. High in fibre, protein, antioxidants and vitamin E, they are essential, in order to protecting us from cardiovascular disease. However, they should be eaten in moderation, due to their high caloric value.
This beautiful autumnal fruit allows you to create various combinations, by having few calories. Pomegranate can be mixed-up with yoghurt or used in desserts and main dishes. It holds a purifying effect, by being rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. It provides a healthy and sophisticated touch to dishes.
The taste, texture and strong orange colour of the persimmon are its main characteristics. It is a little consensual fruit, but eating it helps strengthening body’s defences and prevent hypertension. It is also an important source of vitamin A and minerals.
This fruit is used in making the famous marmalade by being rich in iron and fibre. In order to get the most out of its properties, try new recipes. You can, for example, cook it without sugar by adding only spices such as cinnamon, anise star, cardamom or fennel. The outcome is a healthy and very aromatic dessert.
10. Tangerines, apples and pears
These fruits are available all year round in any supermarket, but in Portugal they are typical from the Autumn season. Therefore, following the principles of the Mediterranean diet, we should prioritize its consumption at this time of year.
They can be eaten solely or used in starters, salads, main dishes or desserts, just let your imagination flow. They are rich in water, fibre and multiple vitamins.
When it comes the time to gather friends and family, do not neglect the presentation of these true autumnal delights. You can, for example, bring some refinement to your table, by preparing a cheese board served with grapes and marmalade. And why not reunite the family during São Martinho, with the typical roasted chestnuts and jeropiga? At dusk, sipping a glass of aromatized mulled wine, accompanied with assorted nut fruits, is also an excellent option.
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