Here is your monthly seasonal produce guide! What's in season in September? This September produce guide features seasonal fruit and seasonal vegetables that are at peak freshness this time of year! Enjoy!
September is a transition month from warm summer weather to cooler autumn temps. While the weather is in the mode of change in most areas, you might wonder what fruits and vegetables are in season? Having this September produce guide can be a great way to be inspired by the freshest and most delicious fruits and veggies of the season that can be healthy for snacking, or used in festive and seasonal recipes.
Do you ever find yourself wandering around the grocery store trying to get inspired by which produce will taste the best and make the most delicious and healthy meal or snack? What do our bodies need this season? This question is easily solved if you have a good idea of what is in season each month! Various times of the year will produce different delicious food options, and September's changing of seasons makes it an exciting time to celebrate with fresh food!
What’s in Season? September Produce Guide
Use this September produce guide to know what delicious and ripe fruits and vegetables to buy at the store. The seasonal flavors of fresh food grown from the earth will fill your bellies and hearts, and fuel your inspiration for healthy fresh foods!
September Seasonal Fruit
These are the fruits you’ll find at peak ripeness in September, making a delicious addition to your diet and recipe inspiration as the fall season unfolds!
Apples are a pinnacle and traditional fall fruit that ripens in September. Apples are through and through a delicious, crisp, and juicy part of fall that truly is never missed, and has earned sayings you’ll recognize like: “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” “apple of my eye,” “bad apple,” and “how do you like them apples?”! For good reason, as apples are healthy and can be eaten on their own. They also go down in history with recipes like apple pie or apple cobbler, while continuing to inspire home cooks with new recipes everywhere!
Apples have beneficial amounts of soluble fiber, and contribute to good gut health. Their sweet and tart crunch can’t be replaced! Apples can add a wonderful crunch to salads, or sliced and put in a veggie wrap for some sweet texture, or can be baked in a wide variety of ways. They are also amazing when blended in fall soups, made into sauce or butter, or juiced and made into cider. The possibilities are endless!
Apple and Butternut Squash Galette
Blackberries are a delicious outcome to look forward to after the heat of the summer has burned us all out! The sun ripens these berries so they are juicy and sweet. I personally have a love for the earthy smell of these delicious berries, and have so many childhood memories picking and eating them right off of the bramble, and bringing bowlfuls home to make cobbler.
Blackberries have a variety of health benefits added to their sweet rich taste. They are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial, not to mention full of vitamins and minerals! Perfect for whole family picking, and whole family eating.
Blackberry Lime Chia Seed Parfait
Polenta Crusted Blackberry Galette
Figs don’t tend to get the attention they deserve. They are so beautiful and unique tasting, bringing their own flavor to whatever you might add them to. When ripe you can eat them on their own including the skin and seeds, they can also be added to a variety of recipes. Figs make a tasty addition to an autumn snack board too.
This lovely mediterranean fruit is loaded with nutrients, is high in fiber, calcium, and iron. Figs can be baked, dried, candied, or made into jellies or jams. They have a delicious one of a kind flavor that is so reminiscent of the late summer's golden sun rays, when preserved they are summer’s end in a jar!
Honey Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese and Pistachios
When pears are ripe, they are amazingly sweet and juicy. Perfect for a snack on their own, skin and all, or sliced up on a snack board with nuts and cheeses. Pears offer a sweet juice to any baked dessert, and pair wonderfully in a seasonal kale salad.
Pears are antioxidant, and pack a good punch of dietary fiber. These beauties are a nutritious way to celebrate the season and can be made into a jam, a cider, or baked with cinnamon and warm spices topped with ice cream. A true seasonal treat that can last the year long when preserved!
Grapes tend to ripen perfectly in September, making a perfect hand held snack for little ones and adults alike. They are flavorful and great for grabbing a bunch to snack on the go. Wonderful in a mixed fruit salad or paired with cheese, grapes are a perfect fresh fruit!
Heart healthy and sweet tasting when ripe, these nutritious orbs are also a good source of potassium. I like them sliced and thrown on top of a salad for a bit of sweetness, or they can be added into a smoothie, made into a juice, and are famous for making a delicious jelly!
September Seasonal Vegetables
The month of September offers some unique and amazing tasting vegetables too! Just as most fruits and veggies, you can buy many of these throughout the year in the store. However, these September vegetables will be at their finest, most nutritious and ripe conditions if you buy them now. Think about this as you rotate your veggies for a healthful and well rounded earth-grown diet!
Artichokes are a unique looking vegetable, whose taste is exactly that, unique! Delicious, earthy, growing tall with lovely purple flowers, this is a perfect veggie to steam and eat as an appetizer.
This beautiful thistle is nutritionally there for you! Rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, it’s definitely one you will want to cook up for your family as a side dish or snack. The leaves can be eaten and are best steamed and dipped in a tasty dip of your choice. Alternately, the hearts can be eaten on their own or thrown into pasta, atop a pizza, or made into a dip itself!
Learn How to Prepare and Cook Artichokes
Roasted Artichokes with Lemon Aioli
Cauliflower is a brassica that has gained popularity in the last few years beyond its history of being a steamed side dish at the dinner table. It is delicious cooked simply, but now you can find recipes for mashed cauliflower, cauliflower soup, riced cauliflower, and even cauliflower pizza crust! This goes to show how truly versatile this mild tasting vegetable is.
This is a wonderful veggie to have on hand, it’s versatility and healthy dose of vitamin C are both good reasons to keep this in your September rotation!
Gluten Free Cauliflower Cheese
Cauliflower Rice and Sweet Potato Curry
Eggplant with its deep purple skin always represents this time of year! Grown by August’s warm sun, now is the perfect time to eat these beauties whether you grew your own or grabbed one from a store.
This nightshade vegetable has a spongy texture and a mild taste, so it can soak up the spices and flavors of whatever you cook it with. Truly a versatile veggie, eggplants are wonderful in curries, baked in a pasta parmesan dish, added to a stir fry, or used as the star of the show in baba ganoush or air fried on its own.
The Best Eggplant Caponata | Sicilian Eggplant Recipe
Garlic is an ever popular vegetable known for its strong flavor that adds to just about any savory dish you can cook up! Delicious roasted on it’s own, garlic can also be added to dips, baked goods, and a wide variety of recipes.
Amazing flavor eaten raw, baked, even fermented or pickled, garlic is a stand out staple for every home cook. This allium packs a load of health benefits in a tiny package, including antioxidant, immune support, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Beets are an earthy tasting root vegetable that are perfect for the taking this month! With a wide array of uses, and known as of lately as a superfood, you can’t go wrong with these garnet colored veggies.
Easily peeled and roasted on their own, shredded and added to salads, used in dips, or juiced are all wonderful ways to get the tasty benefits of beetroot. You may see a variety of colors as you scout out some beets, although usually deep red, you may see some golden ones as well. Rich in folate and wonderful for heart health, don’t pass these inner beauties up!
Warming Beet, Pea, Lentil Winter Soup
There are so many amazing fruits and vegetables that are perfectly in season and ripe in September! Keep your eye out for when these are ready in your area.
I’m hoping that knowing what you are looking for will help inspire you to learn about and eat all of the delicious fresh foods September has to offer!
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