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History of Fall Traditions and their Foods

Updated: Nov 9, 2021

Hadil Amleh, Grade 11

Fall is finally here! Sweater weather leaves changing colour, apple picking, seasonal drinks, traditions, and holidays! Fall is filled with delight and joy, and a big part of what makes up fall, and why people love this season is because of the foods eaten all around the world during this time of year.

China: Moon Cakes

Mid-Autumn is a significant celebration in China that celebrates the year's harvest and lasts three to seven days. This holiday began over 2000 years ago, it was devoted to thanking gods and is the second most important traditional festival in China. It is about lunar appreciation, and moon cakes are seen as a delicacy. The moon cake is not just a food, it’s a cultural tradition, symbolizing a spiritual feeling. At the Mid- Autumn festival Mooncakes are given as presents to relatives and friends to express best wishes and love before or during the festival. It is also meant to be eaten together as a reunion for the whole family. The circular shape of this pastry is meant to complement the harvest moon at the festival.

Portugal: Doce de Abóbora

Doce de Abóbora is a classic jam that is made from three ingredients: pumpkin, sugar, and cinnamon. This jam makes a wondrous gift and is typically eaten over ice cream, on toast, marbling cheesecake, topping, and fresh cheese. This jam is eaten all year round in Brazil as well. Many Portuguese people also like to include fish, squash, root vegetables, and hot galão in their meals, during fall.

Korea: Jeon uh (Gizzard Shad)

Fall begins the season of a few of Korea's most popular kinds of seafood, such as blue crabs, jumbo shrimp (prawns), and gizzard shad. Gizzard Shad is one of the popular types of fish in Korea. They store more nutrients for the colder season, so they taste especially good during fall. The most common way to eat Jeon uh is to grill the fish. There is no need for sauce, and it is crispy as well as nutty on its own! However, it can also be eaten raw or cooked.

Spain: Huesos de santos (Saints’ Bones)

Madrid's pastry shops display “Saint’s Bones” during the last weeks of October to celebrate the All Saint’s Day holiday on November 1st. This holiday is a day honoring the saints of the church who have attained heaven. Saints’ Bones is a sweet treat that uses almond marzipan paste and then is shaped into a hollow roll to represent a bone. This is then filled with “marrow” with the use of egg yolk and sugar. Modern pastry chefs are now adding chocolate, jam, and different yogurt flavors to this dessert!

This is simply a little introduction to the hundreds of fall foods around the world. It shows that fall foods go beyond Pumpkin lattes and apple pie as there is so much more of the food world to discover! What will you be eating this fall?

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