Fall is here! What does that mean in your country? In the U.S., it means that it’s time for many delicious foods (and traditions)! While you are studying English in the U.S., be sure to try these tasty dishes.
Traditional American Fall Foods International Students Should Try
Apple cider is a sweet drink made from apple juice and spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Apple cider is like apple juice . . . but better! It is not filtered, so there will be small pieces of apple in the drink. It can be served warm or cold, and it is delicious both ways!
Have you ever heard the expression “as American as apple pie?” This dessert is a tradition for Americans! Apples have always been a large part of U.S. agriculture; today, apple pie is still a delicious dessert staple.
October is the month of Halloween, and Halloween is associated with candy of all kinds. However, there is one candy that is only served around Halloween: candy corn! People love it or they hate it: try it to find out which you are!
As you can see, apples are a fall tradition in many ways! Caramel apples are apples dipped in caramel (and sometimes rolled in peanuts). They are served on a stick, but it’s still impossible not to get it all over your hands!
In addition to apple pie, pecan pie is a fall tradition: you will start seeing these treats in bakeries in late September or early October, and many people serve these pies for Thanksgiving. Pecans are nuts that are common in baking and cooking.
There is an American obsession with pumpkin, and no one can deny it! Have you heard of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte? This is just one of many pumpkin-flavored foods that are now very popular during this time of year. Look closely in the stores and you will see that there seems to be pumpkin flavored everything: cookies, yogurt . . . it’s everywhere! Of course, there’s also the famous pumpkin pie, which is famous this time of year. Try it to see if you love it!
Technically, a pumpkin is a squash, so we should include it in the above category, “Pumpkin everything.” However, squash soup is so delicious that it deserves its own category! Chefs typically use acorn or butternut squash to make this tasty treat. On menus, you will see many variations of it, including squash soups flavored with coconut or curry and soups topped with toasted nuts or cream.
Get even more inspired (and hungry)! For other fall foods you should try, read our article “Cold Weather Foods.” Bon apetite!