October is a wonderful month for produce! It's one of the harvest season months and there are so many delicious fruits and vegetables at their peak this month.
Fall favorites like apples and pumpkins are going strong and there are some new veggies available this month like beets, figs, and endives.
Here's what's in season in the month of October.
October Seasonal Produce
Acorn Squash - a type of winter squash that's acorn-shaped. When baked or roasted, this delicious dark green squash has a creamy, flavorful interior. Try our Roasted Acorn Squash Soup.
Apples - the most popular fruit of the season! Apples come in a wonderful variety of flavors from sweet to crisp. Some apples are better for baking and some for use in salads. Try our Healthy Apple Crumble.
Bok Choy - a type of Chinese cabbage, also called pak choi, with a lighter green bulb and dark green leaves. Try this Miso Ramen Recipe with Bok Choy.
Broccoli - in season year-round, this cruciferous veggie is actually best in autumn. The dark green stems and florets are easy to cook and can be eaten raw. Make some Broccoli Pasta for an easy dinner.
Brussels Sprouts - these mini-cabbage-shaped vegetables are fantastic when roasted and can be shredded and eaten raw in salads. Try our Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
Butternut Squash - an oblong-shaped winter squash with a dark orange interior, this veggie is best when roasted. Use it in soup, salads, or served as a side dish. Make this Butternut Squash Soup.
Cabbage - a type of brassica that is leafy and may be green, red, or white. Cabbage is endlessly versatile and its mild flavor allows it to be used in many types of dishes. Try our Roasted Red Cabbage.
Carrots - long, thin root vegetables with a sweet flavor. Typically orange in color, but also available in purple, white, and red. Try our Rainbow Carrot Salad with Quinoa.
Cauliflower - this cruciferous veggie has been having a real moment - cauliflower has been a stand-in for rice, pizza crusts, and more. It's great on a vegetable tray or roasted and served as a side. Try this Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Chimichurri Sauce.
Celery - these crisp, long stalks are crunchy and mild, great for adding to salads, soups, and veggie trays. Try celery in this Waldorf Salad Recipe.
Cranberries - these superfood fruits are most popular in sauce form but they can be added to salads and baked goods as well.
Delicata Squash - a small, oblong squash with edible skin that's great for roasting or stuffing with rice and meat. Make this Roasted Delicata Squash.
Eggplant - A large purple vegetable with an oblong shape and tough, shiny skin. Best when roasted till they are creamy! Enjoy these grilled Eggplant Parmesan Stacks.
Endive - juicy, plump fruits with a purple or green exterior and a beautiful red interior. They're delicious when eaten fresh and can be added to salads, made into jam or compotes, or served as dessert. Try making some Dark Chocolate Figs.
Figs - juicy, plump fruits with a purple or green exterior and a beautiful red interior. They're delicious when eaten fresh and can be added to salads, made into jam or compotes, or served as dessert. Try making some Dark Chocolate Figs.
Grapes - A small fruit that grows on a vine - common colors include green and red/purple. Most grapes are grown for wine, but they're also a fantastic snack, added to a fruit salad, and are great when roasted. Try our Roasted Grape Crostinis.
Green Beans - a thin, long green pod that can be eaten whole. Often served as a side dish or used in casseroles. Make our favorite Roasted Parmesan Green Beans.
Kabocha Squash - a fantastic Japanese squash with a dark green exterior and a bright orange interior. Great in curries, soups, or roasted. Make this Braised Kabocha Squash Recipe.
Kale - a dark leafy green that's earthy and slightly bitter. This powerhouse veggie is excellent in soups, salads, casseroles, and more. Make some delicious Brussels Sprouts Kale Salad.
Kohlrabi - a brassica vegetable that comes in green or purple. The whole plant is edible - bulb, stems, and leaves. Try our Easy Roasted Kohlrabi.
Leeks - a large edible allium that tastes similar to scallions and chives. Make this Leek & Onion Puff Pastry Tart.
Pears - a soft, mild-flavored fruit that comes in green, red, yellow, and brown. They're wonderful when poached, sliced in a salad, or baked in a crumble. Make this Asian Pear Arugula Salad with Blue Cheese.
Potatoes - a starchy root vegetable with a thin skin. Best when boiled or roasted and can be used in a mash, soups, salads, and more! Make these Roasted Purple Potatoes.
Pumpkins - a type of winter squash with a thick rind and orange flesh and seeds in the interior. Great for roasting or used in soups, casseroles, pasta, and more! Try our Pumpkin Minestrone Soup Recipe.
Spaghetti Squash - a unique winter squash with a stringy interior that can be roasted and either stuffed or used as noodles. Here's How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Oven.
Sweet Potatoes - orange potatoes, with an earthy and sweet flavor, that can be used just like regular white potatoes. Use them in this Sweet Potato Green Curry Bowl.
Tangerines - a small, sweet orange citrus fruit that makes a great snack or addition to a fruit salad.