Autumn is a harvest season for pumpkins which are rich in beta-carotene. Known for its immune-boosting powers, beta-carotene is essential for eye health and has also been linked to preventing coronary heart disease. Still, the real treasure is in the seeds. One ounce (about 140 seeds) is packed with protein, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Studies suggest pumpkin seeds provide a number of health benefits— such as blocking the enlargement of the prostate gland, lowering the risk of bladder stones, and helping to prevent depression.
The harvest moon, chrysanthemums, wine and crabs have been the essential for Chinese people since ancient time.
Chinese love to eat crabs, especially hairy crabs in autumn. They are best enjoyed steamed, served with a tiny bowl of finely diced ginger in the best Zhejiang aged vinegar. This is the best way to savor the sweetness of the crab.
3. Shanyao (Chinese mountain yam)
This long, stick-like hairy root is known for its mild but nourishing qualities. Chinese people believe that it could benefit the liver and kidneys, helping the kidney especially, perform its functions better. In Chinese pharmacology, those with a weak constitution are encouraged to eat more of this during the cusp of the seasons, when weather becomes unpredictable. In autumn, when the weather turns colder, Shanyao is one of the best foods to warm the body and provide enough energy.
Pears fruit are packed with health benefiting nutrients such as dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins, which are necessary for optimum health. Pears harvest in autumn, it is a good source of dietary fiber. 100 g fruit provides 3.1 g of fiber. Regular eating of this fruit may offer protection against colon cancer.
5. Lotus root
According to the traditional Chinese medical science, lotus root could provide enough “qi”, which is said to be one of the essence components of human life. Lotus root is rich with vitamin C and traces of the B vitamins. It also has the important minerals like iron, phosphorus, copper, manganese, calcium, sodium, and high amount of protein.
6. Porridge or soup
Chinese people believe those who drink porridge or soup can avoid constipation and beneficial for the digestive system.
When served with appetizing food, porridge or soup can promote the appetite and provide energy to your body. Hot porridge or soup is good at avoiding throat dryness. Porridge or soup containing whole grains is rich in nutrients and dietary fiber, which serves as an easy way for older people to stay healthy and live longer.