There’s nothing like warm, fragrant flavors to make us feel all festive this time of year. And when most of us hear the words “iconic fall flavor,” what’s the first thing we think of?
Pumpkin spice is great, of course (Starbucks, anyone?), but there are so many more unique flavors and scents to fill your home with this fall. Try these:
Apple cider, apple cinnamon, caramelized apple… it’s the Swiss army knife among fruits during fall. While apple is at its best in baking, cider, and picking, we also love it in tea: like Yogi’s 100% Natural Caramel Apple Spice Tea. Perfect for wintry nights.
Chai is another flavor that can enhance almost anything – including your health. The spice, which is well known in India as masala chai, an herbal tea, is said to increase peace of mind, strengthen the immune system, and provide antioxidant properties.
Let’s take a minute to show appreciation for the pear, which often comes second to its pomaceous counterpart, the apple. Pears are just as versatile and just as – if not more – delicious in juices, salads, and pies. They can even disguise themselves as a nacho chips.
Cranberries not only add a punchy, autumnal flavor to food and beverages, but they also have amazing health benefits and are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin E, and dietary fiber. Oh, and your Thanksgiving turkey will be nothing without Woodstock Organic Jellied Cranberry Sauce.
This sweet, delicate spice, native to Indonesia, is commonly used in both sweet and savory dishes all over the world. Not to mention that eggnog wouldn’t be eggnog without it. Nutmeg also has medicinal benefits that improve skin, brain, digestive, and oral health, to name only a few.
6. Butternut squash
Butternut squash is the closest thing to pumpkin you can get, but creamier and slightly sweeter. It’s a comfort food favorite in fall, but did you know there’s at least 31 ways to cook this beautiful vegetable? You’re welcome.
A sweet tooth’s dream, maple is irresistible in desserts, cocktails, and bacon. It can’t be helped. But it can complement pretty healthy stuff, too, like Maple Pancake Paleonola Granola – this contains 100 percent pure maple syrup plus nuts, raisins, and coconut, and is wonderfully grain- and gluten-free.
8. Brown Sugar Vanilla
Brown sugar + vanilla = nirvana. For one thing, we can’t get enough of Deep Steep Brown Sugar Vanilla Argan Oil Body Butter, which is literally heaven in a jar for dry skin. Its vitamin-rich formula makes it extra nourishing, and the syrupy, warm fragrance makes it almost good enough to eat.
9. Orange spice
With its deeply exotic and aromatic quality, orange spice adds a little something special to the holidays. Try lighting one or two of Mrs. Meyer’s Scented Soy Candles in Orange Clove, which give off “a warm and spicy citrus scent” and create a soothing, happy ambience in the room.
Last, but certainly not least, ginger’s bold, spicy taste is essential during the winter months. Snack on it, drink it, bake with it… we won’t judge. You can get as creative as you like with Ginger People’s Organic Crystallized Ginger Box: a box of gluten-free, trans fat-free, natural goodness that your kitchen is practically begging for.
Experimenting with these ten flavors, but not ready to let go of pumpkin completely? Check out our yummy pumpkin recipes.