September seasonal produce and recipes! A guide to what’s in season in September plus vegetarian September recipes.
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Hi, Rhubarbarians! Happy September! We still have a handful of weeks of summer left, but are definitely transitioning to fall. (Have you seen our vegetarian fall recipes weekly guide yet?) Here is some delicious September seasonal produce to help you transition from summer to fall.
The farmers markets are still stocked with so much fresh produce right now, as well as herbs and flowers. I hope you are getting out and enjoying them (as safely as possible at least)! It won't be long before this harvest season is over, so let's make the most of it.
What produce is in season in September?
There is still an abundance of produce in season in September. But, for this list we are going to focus on apples, carrots, zucchini, grapes, eggplant, corn, pears, pumpkin, butternut squash, and cranberries.
Apples are fruits that are in season from August to November. They are fantastic eaten raw, but are the quintessential flavor of fall in the Pacific Northwest when cooked. Apple pie anyone?
Carrots are root vegetables that are in season from June to October. Carrots are sweet, but can have a bit of a spicy bite to them. When cooked, they become very sweet and are even great in desserts like carrot cake. Did you know that the tops are edible?
Zucchini is an edible summer squash that is in season from July to September. You may be surprised to hear that it's a fruit! Yep! It's got thin skin, so the skin, flesh, seeds, and even blossoms are edible.
Grapes are fruits that are in season from August to October. Fresh grapes are wonderful eaten out of hand, but are used for so many things! Sweet desserts, juices, wines, dried to make raisins, or added to savory dishes for a little sweet crunch.
Eggplant, also known as aubergine, is a fruit (yep!) that is in season from June to November. The most common type of eggplant is a large, teardrop shaped purple variety. The texture of eggplant can break down quickly, so it’s usually used in purees, stews, fried dishes, or stuffed.
Corn is a grain (but maybe a veggie and fruit too?) that is in season from July to October. It’s wonderful eaten on the cob, but is also great cut off the cob and added to salads, soups, or as a side dish. I’ve even seen some dessert recipes made with corn!
Pears are fruits that are in season from August to November. Pears are wonderful eaten raw on their own, but are similar to apples in the sense that they pair well with an endless number of flavors and are fantastic when cooked.
Pumpkins are fruits (yep!) that are in season from September to January. You may be imagining a jack-o-lantern or maybe a pumpkin spice latte, but there are many varieties of delicious pumpkins! For most varieties, the inner flesh and the seeds are edible and can be used in both savory and sweet dishes.
Butternut squash is a fruit (yep!) that is in season from September to December. It's very similar to a pumpkin, but has more of a bell shape and thinner, paler, skin. This winter squash is most commonly eaten when cooked and has a very sweet, squash flavor.
Butternut squash recipes
Cranberries are fruits that are in season from September to November. Raw cranberries are very tart and are rarely eaten raw as a snack. But, when cooked they become a bit sweeter and are one of the quintessential fruits of fall here in America. You HAVE to have cranberries on your Thanksgiving table, right?
That’s a wrap! Hope you enjoy all that great September produce.
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