The 8 Best Fall Foods

Cold weather and shorter days can make for some surprisingly tasty meals.

By Emily Main

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Pawpaws are the largest edible fruit in North America.Pawpaws

Eat them: There are bananas, and then there are “Hoosier bananas,” more properly known as pawpaws. Little known but superhealthy, the pawpaw is the largest edible fruit native to North America. They have 20 to 70 times as much iron, 10 times as much calcium, and 4 to 20 times as much magnesium as bananas, apples, and oranges, and research from Ohio State has found that they have antioxidant levels that rival cranberries and cherries. Health bonus: Being a native tree, pawpaws are resistant to most pests and diseases, making them very easy to grow organically, without the insecticides or fungicides used in most fruit orchards.

Find them: Pawpaws are harvested this time of year in just about every U.S. state, though they grow best in the Midwest. Look for them at a farmers’ market, or go foraging. Pawpaw trees grow in shady areas alongside riverbanks and streams.

 

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