Autumn is a season of change, and November is all about gratitude and abundance! In the United States, November means one thing: Thanksgiving! Thankfully, there is so much wonderful produce that is at peak season in autumn, you're sure to have a delightful spread on your table all month long.
Fall is associated with the season of harvest. Collecting what was sowed in spring and summer. Pumpkins and winter squash are readily available, and winter greens even start to make an appearance.
While this list will vary slightly based on your geographical location, here’s what you can expect to find across the United States in the winter month of November.
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infographic of what's in season in November
Here's a handy infographic to showcase some of the freshest seasonal produce available in November. Save this image for all your grocery trips this month, or pin it for later!
complete list of fruits & veggies in season in November
Here are two comprehensive lists of fruits and veggies that are in season in the month of November!
what fruit is in season in November:
what vegetables are in season in November:
- Brussels sprouts
- Sweet potatoes
- Winter squash
November ingredient spotlight & recipe share
Here’s a focused list of what produce is in season in November and some links to recipes for inspiration!
It seems fitting that fall is known as pie season, and apples are ripe for the picking!
With so many varieties of apples available, it's important to know which kind to use in what recipe. Thankfully, most recipes out there will tell you outright which apples to use. When baking, be sure to pick firmer and more tart varieties that will hold up to the heat and sweetness of a baked good. When cooking, you've got a bit more leeway! For a recipe using a variety of apples, check out my friend Kristina's Apple Pie Cookie Cups! As a bonus, they're actually good for you!
Persimmons are in season in November, and they're becoming easier to find.
Described as having a slightly sweet, slightly tart flavor, persimmons are definitely a unique fruit to check out this season. The flavor profile is a unique kind of mix between a mango and a mild melon. If you're new to this fruit, try it in a simple jam recipe!
Cranberries do not come from a can, and November is their time to shine!
Jellied sauce from a can is not the way to enjoy these berries. Thankfully, cranberries are becoming more widely available, and November is the month to pick up a bag (or two!) of fresh berries in your local supermarket.
Looking for easy holiday cranberry recipes? Try one of these!
- cranberry simple syrup - this simple syrup is perfect for all your beverages, from cocktails to iced tea! It mixes in easily to any liquid, hot or cold.
- spiced cranberry syrup - This syrup is thicker than a simple syrup, and it is made using mulled spices, so it's perfect for fall! Use it to top pancakes, cheesecake, or as a sauce on a cheese board!
- cranberry ice cubes - these cranberry ice cubes are the perfect addition to any holiday beverages, from cocktails to zero-proof mocktails!
Cauliflower is in peak season during the fall and winter months, and it's a great option for lighter sides and mains!
While it seems like cauliflower is the "can-do-kid" of vegetables, there's really a reason for that! It works so well in so many dishes, from smoothies (yes, really!) to fried "rice." One of my favorite ways to enjoy cauliflower is in tacos, like these! Tacos are always in season, right?!
Sweet and tropical-tasting kiwifruit might be associated with warmer months, but it's actually a fall and winter fruit when it's grown in the United States!
Kiwi have a sweet flavor that partners well with so many other fruits, like citrus, apples, and pears. A simple fruit salad recipe complete with a light and bright dressing can be a quick and easy dish to whip up when you're tired of turning on the oven during the holidays. Of course, a kiwi simple syrup can turn any drink into a kiwi-infused masterpiece, like these kiwi mojitos!
So, what’s on your shopping list during November?
Meals tend to get heavier this time of year, so we are always on the lookout for lighter options to weave into our meal planning during the holiday season. Vegetables like squash, leafy greens, and cauliflower are some of our go-to ingredients to keep things on the lighter side during November!