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Fall Fruit Guide

How to choose the best fruit for the fall season.
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WebMD Feature from "EatingWell"

Fall Fruit GuideCrisp apples, tart cranberries, juicy pears and tangy pomegranates are delicious and healthy fruits that are in season now. This handy guide lets you know what each offers nutritionally and helps you choose the tastiest fruit at the market.

Apples

Sweet, tangy, juicy and flavorful, an apple is nature’s perfect snack, especially when they’re straight off the tree in the fall. Apples are great for snacking, but they are also versatile in the kitchen in sweet and savory dishes.

What You Get: A good source of soluble fiber and vitamin C, apples also have some phytochemicals that help prevent heart disease.

Shopping Tip: Choose richly colored, unbruised apples with smooth skin that feel firm and heavy in your hand.

Storage Tip: Store apples in the refrigerator. In general, firmer, juicier apples like Gala and Fuji will last longer than softer varieties like Golden Delicious.

Cranberries

Beautiful, healthful and festive cranberries are one of the jewels of fall. Cranberry sauce is a must-have for most of us on Thanksgiving, and they do look lovely strung around the tree at Christmastime. Be sure to stock up on these delicious and healthy berries this holiday season and look for new ways to keep them in your diet year-round.

What You Get: A good source of vitamin C and fiber, cranberries are also an excellent source of several antioxidants that have been associated with cancer prevention.

Shopping Tip: Find fresh cranberries packaged in 12-ounce bags in the produce section.

Storage Tip: Cranberries freeze well and can be kept in your freezer in an airtight container, or the bag you bought them in, for months.

Pears

Enjoying the perfect pear requires patience. Pears are one of the few fruits that don’t benefit from ripening on the tree. In fact, pears left unpicked tend to rot from the inside out. The pear easily moves between the realms of sweet and savory. Try oven-roasted pears for a decadent dessert. Or roast wedges and puree them in a silky squash soup.

What You Get: An average medium pear has 100 calories and 6 grams of fiber, much of it the soluble kind that may help to lower blood cholesterol.

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