It’s us again, here to clue you in on exactly which items are in season right now. Insert sad face here as we say bu-bye to Summer.
Fall is all about gathering around the table, being with friends and loved ones, and above all sharing delicious food! Humble ingredients like pumpkins, apples, and butternut squash can be elevated into wonderful sweet and savory dishes. Plus, they can make for great fall time activities and autumn inspired treats.
As always, we’re telling you what to buy, how to spot the freshest picks, and a few simple recipes to show off to your friends.
The joy of pumpkins are the gift that keeps on giving. Not only are they the star of so many holiday favorites, but also two of our favorite fall time activities, pumpkin patching and jack-o-lantern carving. When it comes to pumpkins go ahead, play with your food!
Like most humans with a pulse, we love pumpkin pies and our delicious Pumpkin Pancakes, Pumpkin Loaf French Toast, Pumpkin Portobello Tacos + Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes — can you tell we HEART pumpkins!!
Season’s greetings: Pumpkins start to ripen in September and stay at the height of their season throughout the fall and winter!
Hey good lookin’: Be sure to select a variety of pumpkin that’s intended for cooking rather than for decorating. The ubiquitous field pumpkin (aka the “jack-o’-lantern pumpkin”) is a bit watery with stringy flesh not ideal for eating. Sugar pumpkins and cheese pumpkins are the best variety for baking and cooking due to their dense and sweet flesh.
Keep em fresh: Keep pumpkins at room temperature for up to one month’s time. When stored in a fridge, pumpkins can last up to three months. However, once cut, pumpkin pieces should be wrapped tightly and stored in refrigerator for up to five days.
We’re in the midst of peak apple season, which means crisp juiciness is basically a guarantee. It would be enough to slice and enjoy with almond butter, but for those looking to elevate a cheap ingredient to new heights try this recipe for making a simple apple crisp. One of our favorite Fall indulgences has to be apple butter, which we suggest putting on virtually everything!
Fresh is always best. If you have the time, try to go apple picking this fall. Here’s our guide to the best place to go apple picking outside of NYC. Stock up and save for a few weeks… How ‘bout them apples!
Season’s greetings: Apple-picking season kicks off in late August/early September and lasts through November. Luckily apples store well in cold temperatures making them available year-round.
Hey good lookin’: Look for apples that are firm when gently pressed and heavy for their size. Be sure to avoid any apples with noticeable bruises.
Keep em fresh: For prolonged use, store apples in a fridge drawer for up to three weeks.
Butternut squash is another veggie that has it’s moment in the fall. Its so versatile, you can dress it up or down. For a quick and easy dish simply season and roast in the oven, or get adventurous and make creamy soups, salads, pizzas, and spaghetti. Butternut squash is the perfect vehicle for all of your favorite flavors.
Season’s greetings: Butternut squash is best from early fall through winter.
Hey good lookin’: Butternut squash typically range in size, color, weight and texture. Choose one that feels heavy for its size, uniform in color, hard exterior and has a matte smooth surface.
Keep em fresh: Butternut squash can be kept in a cool, dry place for up to three months. Word to the wise, do not refrigerate!