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Fall: Recipes in Season

Fall farmers market

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Fall is a time of transition, from the best of summertime produce to a harbinger of winter selections. Strongly seasonal fruits like pomegranates and persimmons again become available after a long absence. Winter squashes show their widest variety. And the apples of Washington and New York make for fresh cider drinking all over the chilling countryside.

What's in Season in the Fall?

By the time fall rolls around in late September, the summer harvest has largely exhausted itself. Never fear! Fall produce is here! Shortening days and cooler nights bring with them a riot of food flavors. Root vegetables and winter squash dazzle us with their variety and sweet flavors. Broccoli, cauliflower and leafy greens benefit from a hard frost. Chanterelle and porcini mushrooms poke up from a carpet of fallen leaves. And apples, pears, melons, persimmons and pomegranates form the perfect finish to an autumn meal.

Here is a list of items that are abundant, fresh and seasonal for fall.

September Foods

Vegetables

Beets | Beet Greens | Cauliflower | Corn | Eggplant | Porcini Mushrooms | Summer Squash | Tomatoes | Winter Squash

Fruits

Figs | Grapes | Melons | Peaches | Pears | Plums

Fish and Seafood

Oysters

October Foods

Vegetables

Beets | Beet Greens | Cauliflower | Collard Greens | Chanterelle Mushrooms | Lettuces | Parsnips | Summer Squash | Winter Squash

Fruits

Apples | Coconuts | Grapes | Melons | Peaches | Pears | Persimmons | Pomegranates | Tangerines

Fish and Seafood

Oysters

November Foods

Vegetables

Artichokes | Beets | Cabbage | Cauliflower | Celery | Celery Root | Collard Greens | Chanterelle Mushrooms | Parsnips | Rutabagas | Winter Squash | Turnips

Fruits

Apples | Coconuts | Dates | Grapefruit | Grapes | Persimmons | Pomegranates | Tangerines

Fish and Seafood

Clams (U.S. West Coast) | Dungeness Crab | Oysters

International Recipes for Fall

Try these autumn recipes.

Lekach

Lekach, a Jewish honey cake, in a Bundt pan

(Israeli Jewish honey cake)

Challah

Challah (Jewish braided Sabbath bread)

(Israeli Jewish braided Sabbath bread)

Bigos

Bigos (Polish hunter-style-stew)

(Polish hunter's stew of meat, cabbage and sauerkraut)

Shchi

Shchi (Russian cabbage soup)

(Russian cabbage soup)

Pan de Muerto

Mexican Day of the Dead bread

(Mexican anise-scented bread for the Day of the Dead)