If you’re like me, and you are from the tropics; then Fall in the North East is nothing short of a Hollywood movie set. The only caveat is, there’s no separation between art and patron. Which is why the Fall, without a doubt, is my most favorite continental American season to date.
As a child, I naturally took to densely forested areas. My hometown, in St. Catherine, Jamaica (a rural, but modern town, as my uncle would always say) was my initial playing field. This is where my interest in nature first began. And…I was also the hugest fan of the cartoon series, Captain Planet.
So fast forward 14 years, and here I am, smack dab in the middle of the insomniac city, the great NYC. And one would believe that my connection to nature was atrophied; quite the opposite. My affinity towards nature has only grown.
However, for those of us non-NYCers, its not particularly easy to prepare oneself for its Fall. The reality is, summer has officially come to an end; the long road ahead until 12 hours of daylight is the norm has just begun. Some call this the End of the Summer Blues. I call it delta waves. But no need losing sleep to an insomniac city. Lets disarm it.
The Science of the Fall:
One of the most obvious signs that the Fall season has arrived in NYC, is the pigmentation of the leaves. Chlorophyll, the molecule responsible for reflecting the green color we observe in most plant leaves, is initially reabsorbed and stored to usher in the new cohort of leaves for the following Spring.
Carotenoid, the pigment associated with reflecting the yellow or orange pigments we observe during the earlier stages of Fall; is expressed primarily after the chlorophyll pigment is absorbed. And lastly, anthocyanin, which is the pigment responsible for reflecting the red and purple pigments expressed in some Fall leaves, is the final stage of absorbing the pigments needed for the Spring season.
The following graph represents a dilettantes’ attempt at representing leaf pigmentation throughout NYC seasons.
Health and Nutrition During the Fall:
Red or Purple Cabbage which is rich in anthocyanin pigments; is widely reported to assist in the holistic effort of decreasing potential inflammatory and harmful human diseases. I therefore implore you to include Red cabbage in your diet, at least during the Fall Season. Due to the angle of the sun, and the total hours of sun exposure during the Fall, anthocyanin producing plants is at its peak.