Cooking in Season: Fall Edition

By RMHP

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A Guide to Which Fruits and Veggies to Buy in Fall

We all know that, whenever possible, it’s best to fill your meals with in-season produce. It seems like summer is the season of abundance, but each season actually offers up its own selection of fresh and readily available fruits and vegetables, and autumn is no exception. These delicious fruits and vegetables are fresh and available in the early fall and ready to spice up your meals!

Fall’s best fruits

Fruit isn’t synonymous only with summer. Stock up on these flavorful fall favorites:
  • Apples.Yes, apples definitely have a season in the Northern Hemisphere. Apple orchards across the country begin harvesting them in late summer through fall.
  • Cranberries. This delicious berry isn’t just for the Thanksgiving dinner cranberry sauce. They’re harvested throughout New England and parts of the Midwest in the fall and can compliment all sorts of dishes with bright color and tangy flavor.
  • Figs. This sweet fruit has a season that begins in summer, but it lasts through early fall. Stock up!
  • Grapes. Grapes begin ripening toward the end of summer, making early fall the prime time to eat them as snacks, pop them into salads, and more.
  • Grapefruit. Add this tart fruit into your fall salads for an extra kick. The harvest season begins in November, so you can get fresh fruit well into chilly season.
  • Kiwi. These small fruits are packed with flavor and their harvest season begins in September.
  • Pears. The season for pears begins in late summer and lasts through early winter.
  • Pomegranates. This fruit has grown in popularity in recent years, thanks to its branding as a superfood. If you love pomegranates you just might notice that they become more readily available from October through January.
  • Pumpkins. Wait, what? Shockingly enough, this fall staple is technically a berry. This fruit is as versatile as it is delicious and you can use it in pies, soups, hot beverages, and more.
  • Tangerines. Another favorite citrus fruit that’s perfect for fall, the tangerine season begins in November.

Fall’s tastiest in-season vegetables

Tons of veggies reach their peak during autumn. Adventurous cooks across the country love incorporating these healthy and tasty vegetables into their fall soups, stews, main dishes, and snacks. Give some different produce a try and you could find a new favorite.
  • Beets. You can get beets throughout the year, but they’re in season in temperate climates beginning in the fall. Try them roasted, in salads, or even in smoothies!
  • Broccoli. Broccoli actually has a different flavor when it’s harvested during the cooler temperatures of fall. Try and see!
  • Brussels sprouts. This is one veggie that’s gotten a bad reputation, but it’s actually “divine” if prepared properly. Start grabbing them in September and look up a well reviewed recipe. We love them roasted.
  • Cabbage. Cabbage does best in cooler seasons like spring and fall. It can be enjoyed fresh and crispy, or cooked and hearty.
  • Cauliflower. Cauliflower is one versatile fall veggie. The next time you’re craving some mashed potatoes, try some cauliflower mashed potatoes.
  • Edamame. Also known as soybeans, their season begins in late summer and early fall.
  • Eggplant. Eggplant is another vegetable that begins its season in late summer. By the time early fall hits, this produce is perfect.
  • Kale. This leafy green can be quite bitter and harvesting it during colder weather (like fall) keeps it a bit sweeter.
  • Okra. This veggie needs warm weather to flourish, meaning autumn is the perfect time for an okra harvest.
  • Rutabegas. This sweet and nutty turnip-esque crop ripens best in the cooler weather of fall.
  • Sweet potatoes. Fall is the peak season for sweet potatoes, and these nutrient-dense potatoes fit in perfectly with hearty autumn recipes.
This list of fall fruits and veggies doesn’t include every single crop that’s available during early fall — that would be a very long list! For more information on the fall produce that’s available in your specific region, have a look at this list, and then plan a stop at your local grocery store or farmer’s market.

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