Summer might seem like the time for the tastiest fruits and the vegetables, but there is plenty of produce that grows in colder weather or even in neighboring tropical climates. Fruits and veggies tastes best when you eat them in season, so while you might be bummed your favorite berries are bitter this time of year, there are still tons of great options for eating in season items that are ripe right now.

Here is what will give you peak flavor in November:


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Apples

Apples are the perfect fall ingredients, adding flavor to foods both sweet and savory. Plus, they’re delicious all on their own. Chop fresh apples in your oatmeal, bread, or yogurt for a healthy dose of fiber, vitamin B-6, and vitamin C.


November produce What's in season - artichoke
Artichokes

Artichokes

Artichokes are delicious and fun to eat. They make an appearance at many holiday tables because they are ripe and ready this time of year.


November produce What's in season - beetroot
Beets

Beets

Fall beets can last all winter if stored properly. They’re great roasted, grilled, and even steamed. Enjoy this earthy-tasting dose of iron and calcium in salads, smoothies, and more.


November produce What's in season - brusselssprouts
Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts

For a late fall dose of vitamins, minerals, and omega 3 fatty acids, look to baby cabbages, or Brussels sprouts. They make great salads, chips, and more.


November produce What's in season - cranberries
Cranberries

Cranberries

Tart, little cranberries are the star of so many holiday baked goods. You might be able to buy them frozen all year, but the fresh packages will be available in grocery stores now through Christmas. The tiny berries deliver a powerful punch of antioxidants, but cooking them negates a lot of their nutrients. Chop them raw and add them to smoothies, salsas, salads, cereal, or yogurt for the most nutritional power.


November produce What's in season - cranberries
Chard

Chard

The most colorful leafy green (also called Swiss chard), delivers a healthy punch of vitamins K, A, C, as well as magnesium, potassium, iron and fiber. Try it in this tuna wrap.


November produce What's in season - cranberries
Kiwi

Kiwi

This Chinese transplant to California (made popular via New Zealand), winds down this month, but they’re still a good pick-up right now. The sweet yet tart flavor brings a healthy dose of vitamin C. And don’t forget the skin is edible!


November produce What's in season - cranberries
Oranges

Oranges

Oranges show up in holiday recipes everywhere. This is because November starts their natural harvest season. enjoy them now through March, while they’re are their peak of juiciness and freshness.


November produce What's in season - cranberries
Pears

Pears

Cousins to the apple, this soft and juicy fruit has a mild, sweet flavor that make them easy to add to tons of recipes. Try them in Pear ginger bread, in oatmeal, or poached.


November produce What's in season - persimmon
Persimmon

Persimmons

Fufu and Hachiya persimmons are the two most common varieties available in the United States, and they both reach peak season in the fall and early winter. Look for fruits that are bright, plump, and feel heavy for their size. Their skin should be glossy without any bruises or cracks visible.


November produce What's in season - pomegranate
Pomegranates

Pomegranates

Pomegranate juice has been gaining popularity, but have you ever cracked open a pomegranate fruit? Each antioxidant-packed pomegranate contains between 200 and 1,400 ruby-red arils full of flavor. Look for plump, round pomegranates, heavy for their size without any cuts or bruises.


November produce What's in season - rutabaga
Rutabaga

Rutabagas

Rutabagas can stand in as a substituted for mashed potatoes. They also bake well into casseroles, soups, chips, and fries.


November produce What's in season - pomegranate
Squash

Squash

There are so many types of squash out there, choose one that piques your interest. Though technically a fruit, squash makes appearances on fall and winter dinner tables, sometimes as a side and sometimes as a main course with pasta and veggies.


November produce What's in season - turnip
Turnip

Turnips

This root vegetable is delicious sautéed with olive oil, onions, salt and pepper. Add them to stews, or grate them raw onto fall salads.


Also see, Thanksgiving Day Broccoli Cheese Casserole.


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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.