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Fall Produce Guide: What Fruits & Veggies to Enjoy This Season
Ashley Martens
By Ashley Martens
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Summer may be the quintessential season to explore the local community farmers market, and we wouldn’t blame you, because there are so many delicious summertime produce options — but don’t discount farmers markets during the fall season. Here is your guide to what’s in season this fall, from fruits to vegetables to herbs.

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Vegetables
  • Acorn Squash — When selecting an acorn squash, pick one that is dull in color and heavy in weight. Avoid any acorn squash with cracks and/or soft spots.
  • Broccoli — Instead of enjoying your roasted broccoli topped with creamy cheese, try a sprinkle of nutritional yeast, which will give your broccoli a deliciously addictive umami flavor.
  • Brussels Sprouts — One of our favorite ways to make Brussels sprouts is to roast them. Simply wash and chop, then toss in avocado oil with a sprinkle of Pink Himalayan Salt then bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until Brussels sprouts are soft, tender and golden brown in color.
  • Butter Lettuce — With a slightly sweet, almost buttery taste, butter lettuce can be used just like any other type of lettuce — in a salad or on a fresh homemade sandwich.
  • Butternut Squash — Butternut squash can be substituted for any recipe that calls for pumpkin, so if you can’t find the perfect pumpkin, look for a butternut squash. Heavy ones are best!
  • Cauliflower — Cauliflower is traditionally white, but there are also orange and purple varieties. Cauliflower can be roasted and pureed into cauliflower mash. You can also rice it yourself to create homemade cauliflower rice, perfect for burrito bowls and stir frys.
  • Daikon Radish — Daikon radishes resemble white carrots, but are most commonly used in Asian dishes. However, you can also enjoy them raw in a salad or coleslaw, baked, boiled, roasted, slow cooked or steamed.
  • Mushrooms — Mushrooms make a great addition to salads, but we like to sauté them in extra virgin olive oil and use them as a side dish for grilled chicken, pork, or beef. Prefer a plant-based meal instead? Mix mushrooms with tomato sauce, spaghetti squash and Italian herbs for a healthy spin on classic spaghetti.
  • Pumpkin — We love pumpkins! Be sure to save the seeds for roasting with this easy 7-step recipe.
  • Radicchio — When choosing fresh radicchio, look for leaves that are brightly colored in maroon or purple shades. Leaves should look fresh, young, and tender. Leaves that are dry, limp, torn, or yellow in color should be avoided.
  • Sweet Potatoes — Sweet potatoes pair well with roasted Brussels sprouts for a sweet and savory side dish, but they also make for a great post-workout snack too. Just slice in half, place in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or until sweet potato is soft and tender, then drizzle with your favorite nut butter and enjoy!
  • Swiss Chard — Swiss Chard should be stored unwashed in a plastic bag placed in your refrigerator’s crisper for 2-3 days. This fall veggie doesn’t last long, so be sure you don’t buy too much and let it go to waste.
  • Turnips – Turnips can be enjoyed raw or cooked, but if you are looking for turnips with a sweeter taste, select small to medium-sized ones.

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Fruits
  • Apples — Apples make for the perfect on-the-go snack and pair well with nut butter. Looking for a touch of added sweetness? Slice and sauté in a pan of coconut oil and cinnamon.
  • Asian Pears —Asian pears can be stored at room temperature for up to one week or in the refrigerator for up to three months.
  • Cranberries — Choose cranberries that are firm to the touch, and be sure to purchase enough for that Thanksgiving cranberry sauce you plan on making in November!
  • Grapes — Just like apples, grapes are a great go-to snack. 
  • Pomegranate — Pomegranate seeds are a juicy snack and add a brilliant pop of color to salads — just be careful, as pomegranate juice stains. Here is an easy way to remove pomegranate seeds from the fruit.
Herbs and Spices
  • Garlic – Garlic adds a great flavor to most dishes, but just be sure to use in moderation as too much can cause digestive upset.
  • Ginger – Too much garlic? Try some ginger! Known to ease any digestive discomfort or sour stomach, ginger is great to always have on hand.

Enjoy the fall season and all of the delicious bounty this season has to offer and be sure to show us your fall haul by tagging us @BrandlessLife.

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