Which Fruits and Vegetables Are in Season? September Edition

Ever wonder why certain vegetables taste so much better at different times of the year? Well, if you didn’t know already, it has to do with produce growing in different seasons and when picked at their prime, immediately make it to your grocery store and Farmer’s market for consumption. This means better tasting and quality produce. And while we love vegetables, we are aware that for some, consuming them can be a struggle. But eating seasonal fruits and vegetables definitely makes it easier. Here’s a list of all the fruits and vegetables in season this month.

The Vegetables

Broccoli and cauliflower

Broccoli and cauliflower pack much more than just fiber. They are tasty roasted, steamed and even raw. We recommend eating them with robust flavors such as red pepper, garlic, ginger and turmeric. We also suggest having them raw and crunchy in their peak season by marinating the florets raw in vinegar. Shopping tip: Look for small, tightly packed florets and no brown spots.

Cabbage

Cabbage is a perfect base for meal prep salads because the crunchy, fibrous vegetable only gets better with time while it marinates and can keep in the crisper on hand for a long time. Think coleslaw for example. Purple, green and varieties like napa are all in season during this time. Shopping tip: Look for cabbage that is fresh and has crisp leaves and firm heads.

Carrots

Nothing will change your mind about how amazing carrots are than tasting a freshly grown, large carrot straight from the farm. The difference between watery baby carrots and what you will experience from fresh carrots is astonishing! The carrots have such amazing flavor and natural sweetness. We highly suggest cutting into coins and dipping in hummus or roasting them until caramelized with avocado oil and a bunch of herbs. Shopping tip: Look for bright orange stalks and bright green leaves. Make sure they feel very crisp and not “bendy.”

Eggplant

Also known as aubergine in many different countries, eggplant is wonderful but definitely has to be cooked! It is a meaty vegetable so if you tend to not eat meat, it is a great option to add to dishes. Eggplant is great with tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, tofu and anything with bold flavors.

Fennel

Love black licorice? Fresh fennel is a perfect way to get a low-calorie sweet treat that still counts as vegetables. Fennel can be great raw in a salad with oranges, onions and olives or caramelized and added to dishes. We suggest trying it, even if you do not like licorice.

Other vegetables that are in season and didn’t make the list include: green beans, radishes, peppers, pumpkin, potatoes and squash.

The Fruits

Melons

Cantaloupe, honeydew, and canary melon — just to name a few! Melons are the ripest this month and are a perfect way to treat yourself on warm, autumn nights. Melons are perfectly paired with savory items like arugula and blue cheese. You can also add the potassium-rich fruit to water for a natural electrolyte drink. Shopping tip: Get firm melons with no pivots or dents.

Pears

Pears are great for those who love apples but want to mix it up! They can range in textures and flavors so it would be best to talk to your grocer or farmer about the different types. Pears are wonderful sautéed with cinnamon and added to oatmeal in the morning, or added to a salad with balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Raspberries

Raspberries that are in-season and ripe are to die for, but they can be hard to find! These delicate beauties can go bad easily so we recommend washing and consuming within a couple days. We definitely recommend topping Greek yogurt with these berries for a high-fiber addition or adding to porridge with fresh nuts and seeds.

Peaches

Peaches are still in season well into late summer/early fall and we cannot get enough. While we think they are great added to salads, we know they are wonderful grilled and paired with a dollop of creme fraiche for an easy BBQ dessert. Shopping tip: Choose peaches that are just slightly soft with no bruises.

Make sure to have this list of fruits and veggies ready come September while shopping at your local grocer. We know you will taste the difference.

 

Gabriella is a registered dietitian living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently works in corporate wellness as a dietitian and overall wellness coach. She also runs a food blog called Macrobalanced, where she shows people that healthy and balanced eating can be interesting and tasty! She enjoys all things fitness from lifting heavy weights in the gym to hitting the barre. Nothing is off limits as long as sweat is involved. When she is not cooking or sweating, she is playing with her dog Maui, a lively German Shepherd. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook.