13 Fruits and Vegetables to Buy in Fall

Just because summer is over, doesn't mean you can't buy fresh produce. Here are 13 fruits and vegetables that are at their peaks in fall.

By Reader's Digest Editors
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    1. Apples

    Visit your local farmers' market or take a trip to the apple farm for the freshest apples. They're perfect for snacking, baking, and more. Plus: 10 Apple Recipes

    2. Oranges

    From Florida to California, autumn is the best time to enjoy this citrus favorite.
    Plus: Bulgur with Ginger and Orange

    3. Grapes

    Fall’s harvest brings in a bounty of grapes in all varieties. Either as a snack or made into your favorite jam, now is the perfect time to bag a bunch.
    Plus: How to Know When to Harvest Grapes

    4. Pomegranates

    Filled with antioxidants,stock up on this wonder fruit during the fall. Try juicing them or snacking on them raw. They can also be thrown on top of salads.
    Plus: 8 Super Foods for Fall

    5. Broccoli

    Fill your cart with the year’s best tasting broccoli. Enjoy it in salads, casseroles, or as a side dish.
    Plus: Creamy Broccoli Soup

    6. Brussels Sprouts

    Enjoy these tasty green treats at their freshest. If you’re having trouble getting your family to eat them, try roasting them. Plus: 10 Cancer-Fighting Fruits and Vegetables

    7. Mushrooms

    Fall is the perfect time to enjoy your favorite mushrooms. Your local market will have the best variety of mushrooms at this time -- take the opportunity to try something new.
    Plus: Spinach-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

    8. Cauliflower

    Enjoy this delicious vegetable either raw or cooked -- you can even mash it for an alternative to mashed potatoes. Try purple varieties for an added treat.
    Plus: Mario Batali's Pennette with Cauliflower Ragu

    9. Spinach

    Take the opportunity to taste spinach at its very best. Filled with iron and fiber, you’ll be fueling your body with the perfect nutrients for the cold weather ahead.
    Plus: One-Step Spinach Lasagna

    10. Cranberries

    Enjoy this tart, sweet berry from autumn to winter. Try making your own cranberry juice or impress your Thanksgiving guests with homemade cranberry sauce.
    Plus: Cranberry Spinach Salad

    11. Potatoes

    The humble spud is at its peak in fall. Talk to your grocer about new varieties, like purple potatoes, which are high in antioxidants.
    Plus: How to Prepare Potatoes Like a Pro

    12. Sweet Potatoes and Yams

    Filled with Vitamin A and fiber, sweet potatoes are as delicious as they are nutritious. Stock up and use them in your favorite recipes, as sides, even on salads. Plus: The Health Properties of Sweet Potatoes

    13. Leeks

    Perfect for soups and salads, leeks are an excellent way to add mild onion flavor to your best autumn recipes.
    Plus: Potato, Leek, and Sorrel Soup


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