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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BANANAS

bananas

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

GRAPES

grapes

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

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.

OKRA

okra

Try okra with chopped up olives and cream cheese.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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