Fall is the perfect time for turning over a new leaf — pun intended — and trying a new food outside your comfort zone. “People stick to buying the same things and rarely try many great foods because they’re unfamiliar with them,” observes Rowena Leung, registered dietitian at Loblaws. “Adding East Asian foods to your cart is a great way to introduce your family to new products and flavours to add to your favourite meals.”
Find all your East Asian favorites at your local Real Canadian Super Store or No Frills. Be adventurous and incorporate these five foods in your autumn recipes:
- Persimmon. This delicious fruit looks like an orange, acorn-shaped tomato with waxy skin and flat, dry leaves on top. You can eat it like an apple, or peel off the skin and just enjoy the fruit inside. Persimmons are packed with flavor and are a great source of fibre, antioxidants, potassium, and vitamins A and C.
- Bok choy. Switch out your standard broccoli or chard for this East Asian leafy green staple. Available in many varieties, bok choy is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as it’s full of vitamin K and omega-3 fatty acids. And it only takes a few minutes to prepare, whether you choose to boil, steam, or fry it.
- Edamame. These beans are the perfect healthy snack. They’re quick to make, low in calories, and packed with protein. Enjoy on their own or add them to your favourite salad for some extra flavour.
- Dragon fruit. This vibrant fruit tastes just as good as it looks. Dragon fruits have bright pink skin with thick yellow spikes that enclose the beautiful white fruit and black seeds inside. The entire interior is edible and tastes like a cross between pear and kiwi. Dragon fruit’s also a great source of vitamins B and C.
- Enoki mushrooms. A daily food in many East Asian households, enoki mushrooms are a creamy white colour with long, slender stems and a small cap on the top. They contain many nutrients that contribute to overall health and immunity, such as calcium and iron, and taste amazing when sautéed or added to soups.