Get Fresh! Produce Guide for Fall

Buying and cooking fresh fall produce when it's in season -- like squash, pears, mushrooms, onions, grapes, potatoes and more -- is good for the planet, saves you money and is guaranteed to taste better. See what to look for, plus get recipes to try.
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Buying and cooking fresh fall produce when it's in season -- like squash, pears, mushrooms, onions, grapes, potatoes and more -- is good for the planet, saves you money and is guaranteed to taste better. See what to look for, plus get recipes to try.

BANANAS

bananas

Store bananas separately from other produce (they emit ethylene, which causes other produce to rot).

More on how to buy, serve and cook with bananas

Try Banana Doughnuts with Banana Frosting

See all banana recipes

GRAPES

grapes

Look for grapes that are smooth and plump, and firmly attached to the stem.

More on how to buy, serve and cook with grapes

Try it in Pan-Fried Chops with Grape Salad

See all grape recipes

MUSHROOMS

mushrooms

Can't tell the difference between a portobello and a cremini? We detail four basic types and give great ideas for cooking them up.

More on how to buy, serve and cook with mushrooms

Try it in Portobello Lasagna with Basil Cream

See all mushroom recipes

OKRA

okra

Try okra with chopped up olives and cream cheese.

More on how to buy, serve and cook with okra

Try it in Chili-Lime Fried Okra

See all okra recipes

ONIONS

onions

Pick firm onion bulbs with shiny, tight skins. Once you're home, slice them using a sharp knife to help cut back on tears.

More on how to buy, serve and cook with green onions

Try it in Onion Rings with Creamy Cajun Sauce

See all onion recipes

PEARS

pears

Your grocery store probably has a few pear varieties on hand. Learn how to tell six different types, from an Anjou to a Forelle.

More on how to buy, serve and cook with pears

Try it in Grilled Cheese and Pear Sandwiches

See all pear recipes

POTATOES

potatoes

Choosing the right kind of potato is easy once you learn two essential terms: mealy (great for mashing) and waxy (great for boiling and roasting).

More on how to buy, serve and cook with potatoes

Try it in Scalloped Potatoes

See all potato recipes

SQUASH

squash

Not all squash is created equal: Once you cut open the season's pretty, decorative squash, you'll find different textures good for different recipes.

More on how to buy, serve and cook with squash

Try it in Butternut Squash Fries

See all squash recipes

MORE FALL PRODUCE

Apples: See all recipes

Cranberries: See all recipes

Dates: See all recipes

Pomegranates: See all recipes

Swiss chard: See all recipes

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