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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.

Apples

Butternut Squash

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

Cauliflower

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

Figs

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

Grapes

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

Mushrooms

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

Parsnips

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

Pears

Pomegranate

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

Pumpkin

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

Chestnuts

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

Grapefruit

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

Kale

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

Leeks

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

Lemons

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

Oranges

Radishes

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

Rutabega

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

Tangerines

  • See "Oranges"

Turnips

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

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      Zeenat 

      6 years ago

      I jus like the brinjal and this is the king of vegetables.......

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      filmon 

      6 years ago

      thanks for telling me the answers

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      Gina Kensington - Fresh Fruit 

      8 years ago

      Great write up on the advantages of consuming vegetables and fruits. It absolutely was very helpful. I'm looking for various weight loss diet methods. I've heard how the Accai berry also does miracles. Hope to see much more of your posts.

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      jimmy 

      8 years ago

      WOW so amazing. this post changed everything.

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      Gracie 

      8 years ago

      Thank you! This is sooo helpful!

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      annoyed 

      9 years ago

      cheese is not a fruit or vegetable princess

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      MangosMom 

      9 years ago

      What a nice helpful website... thanks so much...

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      Julie-Ann Amos 

      9 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Great hub thanks, am linking to it from one of mine

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      Karen and Lesley 

      10 years ago from United Kingdom

      Another great hub just a problem that being in the uk we can't get all the foods.

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      aprilkerr 

      10 years ago from UK

      I often look round the supermarket and wonder "what is actually in season?" We get fruit and veg all year round so just take it for granted now.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      Very comprehensive... you only forgot the autumn chesses and wines!!

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