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Eating in Season - Fall & Winter Fruits and Vegetables

Updated on July 5, 2011

Fall Fruits and Vegetables

Acorn Squash

  • Look for blemish-free, dull green rind.
  • Can keep up to two months.


Butternut Squash

  • Feel for top-heavy squash.
  • Check skin for blemishes.


  • Look for tightly-packed florets.
  • Check for yellow spots before buying.
  • Keeps up to five days, refrigerated.


  • Squeeze to test for firmness - not too soft, not hard.


  • Check for grapes to be plump and vibrant-colored.


  • Avoid blemished or dried out mushrooms.
  • Store in paper bag for the right humidity.


  • Shouldn't look withered or limp or have too many small roots.
  • Can be stored up to four weeks in refrigerator.



  • Whole pomegranates should feel heavier than they look.
  • Can be stored up to three months in the fridge.


Sweet Potatoes

  • Avoid sweet potatoes with black spots.
  • Make sure they're not shriveled.

Swiss Chard

  • Leaves should be vibrant and green.
  • Avoid wilted chard.

Winter Fruits and Vegetables


  • Fresh chestnuts may be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.


  • Choose a grapefruit that feels heavy for its size.
  • Fruit should give slightly when squeezed.
  • Look for unblemished peel.


  • Look for dark green leaves (may have tinges of purple).
  • Find kale with sturdy stems.
  • Do not store longer than a week.


  • The smaller the leek, the more tender.
  • Can be stored up to a week in the refrigerator.


  • Choose lemons heavy for their size.
  • Look for unblemished, smooth skin.
  • Will keep for up to three weeks in the fridge.



  • Buy radishes with green tops attached for freshness.
  • Remove tops as soon as you get home.
  • Store up to two weeks in refrigerator.


  • Look for smaller rutabegas, as they will be sweeter.
  • Check for an unblemished skin.


  • See "Oranges"


  • Select turnips smaller than three inches in diameter.
  • Store in a plastic bag up to one week in refrigerator.


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