Although we officially transitioned into fall last week (Sept. 23), it’s still that weird in-between-seasons kind of weather. It’s brisk some days and warm on others. Just last weekend I wore long pants and a sweater one day, shorts and a t-shirt the next. It’s all over the place.
But luckily, there’s a whole bunch of produce that thrives in this summer-to-fall transitional period. Here are some of the best of those fruits and vegetables that are currently in season. That means they’re at their peak in tastiness, and will likely be more flavorful and fresh.
I dare you to find me one person that doesn’t associate fall with nice crisp, juicy apples. They’re great when incorporated into dishes (did someone say pie?), but they also make great snacks. And let’s not forget apple cider! With so many different kinds of apples to pick from, it’s hard not to immerse yourself in apple everything in the fall.
This sweet melon is in its prime in the late summer and early fall. Even the bright orange color is in keeping with the spirit of the season. Not only does it taste great, but it’s packed with vitamins C and A.
This little veggie is most known for its role in eggplant parmesan, but it can do so much more than that. Consider whipping up a batch of eggplant fries or stuffed eggplant. Its mild flavor makes it an incredibly versatile vegetable.
In the summertime, corn is great when it’s grilled and eaten right off the cob. As we make the transition into autumn, corn begins getting used in soups and souffles. And since it’s right in between the two seasons, it’s up to you which you pick!
This Southern favorite is actually in season in many other parts of the country as well. Okra is best baked or fried. The results? Crispy veggies you won’t be able to stop eating (and that’s okay, because okra is a great source of vitamin A, iron, and calcium).
Perhaps the most versatile food on this list, tomatoes can be added into just about anything. From appetizers (caprese salad) to the main event (a hearty chili), tomatoes are incredibly easy to include in your day-to-day eating. Get them while they’re fresh!