5 Fall Fruits and Veggies
Fall is here! As we transition into this new season, we will start seeing an influx of new seasonal fruits and veggies and delicious fall recipes. Say goodbye to summer’s sweet berries and succulent watermelon and say hello to a new bounty of autumn harvest. From September to November we get to enjoy a whole slew of seasonal produce like pears, apples, squash, and sweet potatoes – just to name a few. To get the best of what fall has to offer and make the most of what you’ll find at the markets this autumn, try some of our favorite fall picks for healthful produce.
The quintessential fall fruit, not only do apples showcase fall colors, they are also the key ingredient to fall’s best indulgences: apple pie, apple cider, apple cider donuts, and so much more. Looking for a fun fall activity? Head apple picking!
When you are searching for beets look for ones that are small, firm, and still have their greens attached. This fall vegetable is the perfect addition to everything from salads to soups, and you can even save them by pickling them.
Sure, you may have been forced to eat broccoli as a kid, but bear in mind the flavor of broccoli is sweeter when you buy it in season. When in doubt, a little lemon juice will go a long way to counteract any bitterness, and broccoli really does make the perfect side dish.
Roast them in the oven with some pancetta (or even bacon) or just steam with butter. Simplicity is key with fall veggies, and Brussels sprouts are one of the easiest and tastiest side dishes to whip up during the season.
The sweet, slightly nutty flavor of cauliflower is perfect for winter side dishes. It’s wonderful steamed, but it can also be blended to create a mashed potato-like texture or pureed into soup.
The “Black Mission Fig” is the fig that is in season in fall, and it works perfectly paired with cheese or cured meats (the perfect start to a dinner party).
Grapes hit their stride in early fall (yes, we wouldn’t have guessed this either). Don’t be afraid to get creative with them. Use them as a pizza topping or cover them in blue cheese for hors d’oeuvres.
The signature tartness of grapefruit provides a contrast to other citrus fruit. Add it to mixed greens, combine it with avocado and shrimp, or enjoy a fresh glass of its antioxidant-rich juice.
Use this sweet fruit to add a tropical flavor to your recipes. It’s great mixed with strawberries, cantaloupe, or oranges and can be combined with pineapple to make a tangy chutney.
The sweet and juicy taste makes this fruit a crowd-pleaser. Cooking can really bring out their fabulous flavor, so try them baked or poached.
Though these veggies may resemble carrots, they have a lighter color and sweeter, almost nutty flavor. Use them to flavor rice and potatoes or puree them into soups and sauces.
This slightly sour fruit has gotten a lot of press as an antioxidant powerhouse. The juice provides a tangy base for marinades, and the seeds can be tossed into salads to amp up the flavor.
Pumpkin has been popping up on top menus around the US, and with good reason. The vegetable makes the perfect pie filling, and we are also huge fans of pumpkin soup. Another pumpkin option? Puree it, and turn it into a cocktail.
Sauté it with garlic, use it as a base in your salad, or make it into a pesto for your pasta. Fall is definitely the time to take advantage of spinach.
More than just a Thanksgiving side dish, why not make sweet potato fries, or use them as a filling. They also make a great addition to one-pot dishes.
Tender and mild, these root vegetables are a great alternative to radishes and cabbage. To flavor these veggies, use fennel, bread crumbs, or even brown sugar. Turnip leaves, which taste like mustard leaves, are easy to cook and dense in nutrients.
Yes, we know, it says winter, but despite its name, winter squash is actually in season during the fall. Like many of fall’s vegetables, winter squash is extremely versatile. Make it into a soup, roast it, or use it as an excuse to grill. When in doubt, we have three words for you: butternut squash soup.