Autumn is a special time of the year. Migrating birds, changing leaves, and the nip in the air mark the beginning of the fall season. Another present-day sign that autumn is close is when the supermarket aisles get filled with pumpkin-flavored everything. Yes, pumpkin spice has become a fall favorite in recent times. A blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger, it does get everyone reminiscent of the holiday season, but we must not forget the other fall flavors that seem to have taken a backseat.
Let's look at what other flavors mark the autumn season.
1. Cloves: Cloves have an intense flavor and aroma that go well in sweet as well as savory dishes. They add warmth to recipes, making them perfect to accompany the comfort of fall delicacies such as soups, stews, pies, cider, or chai. Cloves are also known for their many health benefits. Another reason to enjoy a cup of clove tea on a chilly fall morning.
2. Pears: Pears are amongst the bountiful produce of the fall season. They have a sweet taste with a sour undertone, making them suitable for sweet and savory delicacies. Pear-glazed meats, pear pies, candied pear, pear cider, and pear butter, the possibilities are endless. You can also create refreshing pear cocktails to enjoy on cozy autumn days.
3. Ginger: Fresh ginger has a peppery, sweet taste and a pungent, spicy aroma. Known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, a hot cup of ginger tea will also warm you from the inside on cold breezy mornings. Ginger can also be incorporated in cakes, braised and roasted meats, cookies, and candies for its zingy goodness. Also, ginger-flavored cocktails and ginger ale will be perfect for get-togethers and parties.
6. Caramel: Caramel-flavored treats are authentic fall desserts that leave drooling the young and the old. Blondies, pies, cheesecakes, candies, muffins, cookies, French toast, puddings, and so many more ways to enjoy the goodness of caramel. Drizzle caramel syrup on hot cocoa, coffee, milkshakes, lattes, and cocktails to celebrate the fall fervor.