Melissa DelMastro

Juicing in the Fall

Fall is here and sadly, we are saying goodbye to some of the freshest berries, mangos, melons, and greens like spinach as summer fades. It is not so bad as fall is the prime season for some of our other favorite ingredients.

We understand that you are used to putting pumpkin in basically everything (how is that latte?) as soon as Labor Day has come and Halloween approaches. But as the seasons’ change, there are more than enough fall vegetables and fruits that deserve your attention this fall — and make for some great tasting and healthy juices this season.

We know you may be located in south Florida, like us, and not really seeing the fall season but we have a lot of readers that definitely see a change in seasons and are lucky enough to have roadside purveyors of locally farmed produce. So maybe we are not saying a complete goodbye to some berries, but fall is known as the prime season for some of our other favorite ingredients. Look for these fall fruits and vegetables at farmers markets and in produce departments for the best flavor (and greatest value) in season. Specific crops and harvest dates of fall produce will depend, of course, on your region’s climate.

So why not add some of the best-tasting produce from fall to your juicing routine? Apples, pears, beets, Swiss chard, celery root and garlic are all in abundance and add more than just color and flavoring to our juices. We all know the value of the nutrients they bring and using any of these juicers will work to get your nutrient “fix”.

The Prima Dona of the juice world: KALE. That’s right, your five-star ingredient for juicing is in its peak season, because kale turns sweeter in cold weather its popularity increases, be honest it doesn’t taste great :0). So make sure you get your fill of kale from now through to spring while it is at its absolute best.

Like us, you are probably using many of these ingredients in your juices already, but now’s the time to hit up the farmers’ market for the freshest picks of the crop, organic ones, obviously if possible. Now, you can update some of your go-to juice recipes with the season’s best ingredients. Other seasonal ingredients you can easily add to your juices this season?

Here are some great Fall Juicing Recipes:

Pear and Berry
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup cherries
3 pears, cored
1 apple, cored

Carrot and Beet
1 beet
3 carrots
4 apples, cored
3 oranges
3 inch of fresh ginger, peeled

Pineapple and Citrus Cleanser
1/3 cup cranberries
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1 lemon
2 oranges
1 apple, cored
2 stalks celery