October is the first full month of autumn in the United States. The weather is beginning to cool down across the country, and the produce section is shifting, too. Use this seasonal produce guide to keep track of what is in season in October!
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infographic of what's in season in October
Here's a handy infographic to showcase some of the freshest seasonal produce available in October. Save this image for all your grocery trips this month, or pin it for later!
complete list of fruits & veggies in season in October
Here are two comprehensive lists of fruits and veggies that are in season during the month of October!
what fruit is in season in October:
- Passion Fruit
what vegetables are in season in October:
- Acorn squash
- Butternut squash
- Brussels sprouts
- Spaghetti squash
- Sweet potatoes
- Swiss chard
October Seasonal Produce Spotlight & Recipes
Here’s a focused list of what produce is in season in October and some links to recipes for inspiration! Want more inspiration? Let me know in the comments below, and I'll help you out!
Pumpkin is close in flavor to butternut squash, which is also in season in October. Whether you want to carve them or bake them, there's plenty of this seasonal squash to go around!
Don't just think of pies when you think of pumpkin-- it's a fun ingredient to incorporate into beverages, too! If you love pumpkin spice lattes check out these pumpkin spice iced coffee cubes that will add a dose of fall-flavor to your homemade coffee in a snap! You can also incorporate pumpkin pureé into soups and sauces, which will be sure to get you into the fall spirit in no time!
Greens like kale, chard, and spinach are showing up again in markets as the weather cools off.
While considered to be winter greens, kale, chard, and spinach begin to show up in markets again in early fall. These bold, hearty greens work perfectly in salads and side dishes, but you can also turn them into smoothies and sauces, too! Another great way to use up these fall and winter greens is making pesto, spreads, or dips with them!
Root vegetables like carrots and parsnips are prime produce in October!
These vegetables make the perfect side dish when roasted, but you can also turn them into sauces and dressings, like with this carrot ginger miso salad dressing. They partner beautifully with bright, fruity flavors like apples and pomegranates in salads, too. Another clever way to enjoy these vegetables is puréeing them as an alternative to mashed potatoes!
Sure, you can eat an apple on its own, but they are also perfect for adding to your fall recipes, both sweet and savory!
Apple pies and crisps are great classic ways to enjoy the flavor of autumn apples. You can also make your own homemade applesauce to enjoy on its own or in smoothies. A more inventive way to use apples is in homemade liquor infusions. Apple-tinis are usually made with garish green liqueurs, but when you infuse your own green apple vodka, they are immediately elevated!
Kiwi may seem like a summer fruit, but prime kiwi season for US-Based crops is October through May!
And if you're living in a southern or coastal location in the United States, you might still be craving warm-weather beverages! Kiwi is perfect for incorporating into drinks, which is made easy thanks to this kiwi simple syrup recipe. You can also enjoy kiwi in a fruit salad or fruit tart!
💬 Let me know in the comments what October produce you're looking forward to!
The seasons are starting to shift across most of the United States in October from summer to fall, but the produce aisles are packed with bountiful options all month long. Are there any other October ingredients you'd like to know more about? Let me know in the comments below, and I'll add on to this post!