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7 Fall Fruits You Don't Want to Miss

7 Fall Fruits You Don’t Want to Miss


As the weather starts to get cooler and we start adding layers on top of our summer skin, don’t forget that not all fresh fruit seasons are over just yet. There are plenty of fruits to take advantage of at this time of year before the frost totally overtakes what used to be fragrant fruit bearing bushes and trees. We’ve put together a list of our favorite fall fruits and recipes to make sure that you don’t miss out on the sweet, crisp time of year.


Apples

Apples are awesome, plain and simple. With over 7,500 different varieties there’s a good chance that you can find the perfect apple for any occasion. The fact that they can be eaten so many different ways enthralled us so much that we came up with a list of our 14 Favorite Apples for Eating and Cooking. You can eat apples whole, in pieces, baked, mashed into apple sauce and so many more ways. Some of our favorite spices to add to apples to give them a little something extra are Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, and Nutmeg.

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
Baked Apple Fritters


Cranberries

Cranberries are definitely a holiday staple, but that doesn’t mean that you have to wait and fight for the cranberry sauce on the dining room table. Cranberries are a commercially grown fruit in many US states and Canadian provinces. Fall is prime time for cranberries and when purchased fresh can be used to make delicious jams, tarts and of course cranberry sauce. Cranberries can be tart by themselves, so we like to add a little Cloves or Ginger to the equation for an unexpected change of pace.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Apples
Cinnamon and Ancho Chile Chocolate Bark
Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce


Figs

Figs are some funny looking fall fruits and their textures are just as interesting. Most of the time figs are dried because transport is difficult because of their delicate skins that bruise easily. Native to the Middle East and western Asia, figs can be hard to find at your local grocery store. High end or specialty grocery stores are more likely to carry figs in the fall. If fresh, figs can be eaten with the skin on, but the skins are sometimes removed out of habit. Next comes the chewy flesh of the fruit and then inside, the crunchy seeds. Best of all, figs can be used in dishes that are either sweet or savory because of its exotic flavor. They may not be easy to find fresh, but they’re definitely worth seeking out.

Fig and Walnut Spaghetti from Green Kitchen Stories
Fig Tart with Cinnamon Ice Cream from Great British Chefs
Fig and Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Balsamic Glaze from The Hungry Australian


Grapes

Grapes are a great snack food no matter the time of day. Their sweet or tart flavor is refreshing and unique. Grapes can be made into jam, added to fruit salads, dried into raisins and even make a great way to chill wine if they’re frozen. There are two major types of grapes, table grapes and wine grapes. Table grapes are typically seedless and have a thinner skin, while wine grapes have seeds and a thicker skin which help with the taste of wine. The majority of these grapes are grown in California (over 90% of the annual production), Washington and New York,

Grape Focaccia with Rosemary from the Smitten Kitchen
Caramel Apple Pie Grape Poppers from Miss Candiquik
Wild Rice with Roasted Grapes and Walnuts from Oh My Veggies


Kiwi

Kiwis are one of those “exotic” fruits, like star fruit. Originally from China, kiwifruits were first grown commercially in New Zealand and were brought to California by travelers in the 1960’s. There are about 60 different species of kiwi but most of the time they are recognizable because of their similar shape and skin texture. Kiwis are currently grown commercially in Italy, New Zealand, Chile, Greece and France.

Salmon with Kiwi Sauce
from Cooing with Amy
Strawberry Kiwi Pavlovas from Skinny Taste
Papaya Salad with Kiwi Lime Dressing from The Sweet Life


Pears

There are around 30 species of pear, some grown for eating and others for decorations. Pears are most closely related to apples, and can even have similar shapes depending on the species. Pears are less allergenic than many other fruits and can be added to bland diets for a healthy dose of dietary fiber and vitamin C which is mostly found in the skin of the pear. In the US, Washington State and Oregon grow 75% of pears grown in the US per year. Pears have a smooth flavor that isn’t too sweet or tangy, but if you want to get the most flavor try adding some Organic Bay Leaves, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon or Star Anise.

Baked Oatmeal with Pears
Pear Bread from The Smitten Kitchen
Pear Fennel Soup from David Lebovitz Blog


Pomegranates

These fruits can be somewhat of a hassle, but don’t let that discourage you. The sweet taste of pomegranate juice is well worth the work. Pomegranates have an extremely extensive history; records have been found documenting Pomegranates in Mesopotamia dating back to the third millennium BC. Today, pomegranates can be found at your local grocery store and are eaten by cutting the fruit in half and removing the seeds that are then eaten whole. One easy way to separate the seeds from the fruit is to do so in a bowl of water. The seeds will fall to the bottom and the white inedible pulp of the fruit will float to the top and can then be disposed of.

Grapefruit, Avacado and Pomegranate Salad from Christopher James Clark Blog
Pomegranate Cheesecake with Clementine Gelato from The Raw Chef
Champagne Cupcakes with Pomegranate Champagne Icing from bethcakes

Now that you know your options are almost endless, make sure you don’t miss out on these fantastic fall fruits!


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