14 Perfectly Ripe Foods to Eat This Harvest Season

As great as summer is, it’s not the only season for glorious fruits and veggies. Autumn is full of delicious, nutritious treats just waiting to be enjoyed. Yes, it’s time to ditch the fresh arugula and cucumbers of your summer diet in favor of your autumn favorites. Here are some of the in-season fruits and vegetables that want to be filling your plate this fall:

Apples

Ah, the classic fall fruit. Odds are you’ve noticed, but the time is ripe for apples and apple cider. Packed with antioxidants, an apple is never a bad snack. Plus, there are over 7,000 varieties of apples in the world. Gotta catch ‘em all!

Beets

While beets aren’t solely an autumn crop, they are often at their tastiest in the fall. These little guys are high in iron, so they are especially beneficial for those who may be low in the essential mineral. The nitrates in beets can also increase blood flow, making them great (in moderation) for athletes while also potentially benefitting those at risk for dementia.

Brussels sprouts

Essentially mini cabbage, Brussels sprouts are high in cancer-fighting compounds called glucosinolates, vitamin A and vitamin C. Regular cabbage is also in season, if you find that more appealing.

14 Foods to Eat This Harvest Season

Squash

As with other orange vegetables, butternut squash and pumpkins are high in beta-carotene, which is great for skin and eye health. Try spiralizing them and making vegetable-based pasta dishes. You’ll be surprised how especially delicious pesto is atop cooked autumn squash.

Clementines

Clementine season begins in November, so these are a late autumn harvest. Little packets of vitamin C, they make a juicy addition to any flu fighter’s arsenal.

Cranberries

Cranberry relish anyone? Avoid the excess sugar that usually gets mixed in with super tart cranberries by sweetening your sauce with apples or adding only a few berries into savory dishes for a little extra brightness. If you are tentative, know there is evidence to suggest that cranberries may prevent UTIs and boost oral health.

Kale

Yes, yes, we all love kale. Well, stock up. Autumn is kale season. In case you forgot, kale is extraordinarily nutrient dense with loads of vitamin A, K and C, powerful antioxidants and anticancer properties. It is surely one of the most nutrient-dense foods of the season, so get ready for some tasty kale salads.

14 Foods to Eat This Harvest Season

Leeks

A great source of vitamin K, along with other vitamins and minerals, leeks can really elevate your dishes. Think of them as onions on steroids. They make everything so delicious. Sautee them with eggs or some root veggies for a five-star meal.

Parsnips

Although white in color, parsnips are quite sweet and rich in a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. These include magnesium, manganese, phosphorous and zinc. Use them as you would carrots in a stew or try mashing them like potatoes.

Pears

Delicious and refreshingly juicy, pears have about 6 grams of fiber per fruit. They are a great seasonal choice to slice into your morning granola for a little balanced sweetness that won’t skyrocket your blood sugar. Stop inhaling apple pie and bake a pear galette for a change!

14 Foods to Eat This Harvest Season

Persimmons

If you aren’t familiar with this starchy fruit, you’re in for a treat. They resemble an orange tomato with a leafy cap and are best when they’re very soft. Persimmons are very high in fiber and antioxidants, and their starchy sweetness makes them an excellent dessert treat.

Pomegranates

If you drink POM juice, you already know that pomegranates are bursting with antioxidants. They are an excellent addition to your plate since summer berries are no longer in season. Hate opening pomegranates? Maybe try a new tactic, like this.

Sweet potatoes

If you’ve dabbled with the Paleo diet, you are probably already in love with sweet potatoes. Autumn is their peak season, so there’s no better time to enjoy them. High in beta-carotene and fiber, these are great mashed, pureed in soups or just plain baked.

Turnips

While they are not the most glamorous root vegetable, turnips are chock full of fiber. Try tossing them in soups instead of white potatoes for a healthier alternative.

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean there isn’t fresh food to eat! Try to eat locally whenever you can, but focusing on consuming seasonal foods is a great way to start. Not only is in-season produce usually cheaper, but it is tastier and more nutritious. Hit up your local farmer’s market and stock up on as many colors, sizes and shapes of fruits and veggies as you can. They don’t call autumn the harvest season for nothing!

What’s your favorite bounty of the autumn harvest? Share in the comments below!

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240 comments

Christine J
Christine J7 months ago

Delicious. Strangely, I hardly ever see persimmons these days. Used to see them in the shops all the time.

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Jennifer F
Jennifer Fabout a year ago

Love fall and winter fruits. I also love most other fruits year round!

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hillabout a year ago

thanks

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Valerie L.
Valerie Labout a year ago

After enjoying all the fruits of the summer, I am looking forward to apples in particular. I love making apple crisp!

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Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for sharing.

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W. C.
W. Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

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Renata B.
Renata Babout a year ago

Very attractive list. Thank you.

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Richard A.
Richard Aabout a year ago

Thank you for the tasty article. :-)

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Elizabeth O.
Elizabeth Oabout a year ago

Thanks for the article.

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Anne H.
Anne Habout a year ago

:-)

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