Here’s your ultimate guide to October produce, including buying tips, storage hacks, and seasonal recipes.
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Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables, once said "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." We couldn't agree more. There's a lot to love about this month: Colorful leaves, Halloween, sweater weather. October also means the official arrival of fall produce season. From broccoli and escarole to pumpkins and quince, here's what's in season in October: 

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Belgian Endive

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Though Belgian endive originated in (you guessed it!) Belgium, it's often associated with French cuisine. The bitter green chicory vegetable is a beautiful addition to warm or cold salads, is sturdy enough to serve as a base for stuffed appetizer boats, and stands up well to heat — so it's a great veggie to grill or roast

What to Look For

Belgian endive grows in small, cylindrical heads. Look for pale yellow-green leaves that are tightly packed and show no signs of wilting. 


Store unwashed Belgian endive in the crisper drawer of your fridge, where it'll stay good for about a week. 


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You can get broccoli all year, but it's at its best from October through April. The nutrient-packed vegetable is a great source of iron, vitamins A and C, and beta carotene. Eat it raw as a snack or in salads, roast it to crispy perfection in the oven, or add it to your favorite comfort foods, such as pastas and casseroles. 

What to Look For

If you're buying broccoli by the head, look for ones with small buds that are tightly packed together. Avoid heads that show signs of yellowing or decay. 


Loosely wrap broccoli and place it in the coldest part of your fridge, which is usually toward the back. This will keep it fresh for up to 10 days. 


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Chanterelles are one of the most prized wild mushroom varieties because they can't be cultivated indoors — you have to forage in the woods to find them. The trumpet-shaped mushrooms, which have a rich earthy flavor, stand out in simple dishes like soups and risottos. They also pair well with red meat. 

What to Look For

Look for golden chanterelles that feel firm when you give them a gentle squeeze. They should have no soft spots.


Store chanterelles in the fridge but give them room to breathe. Skip the airtight container and opt for a paper bag or a loosely covered dish. 


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Escarole, a leafy green member of the chicory family, adds mild-yet-bitter flavor to soups, salads, and so much more. Its tender-yet-sturdy texture means that it cooks quickly without falling apart.  

What to Look For

Buy firm heads with bright green leaves that show no signs of wilting or browning.  


Don't wash escarole until you plan to use it. Keep it in the crisper drawer of your fridge and try to eat it within five days. 


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You should definitely use your fresh pumpkins to make cozy baked goods like breads and cakes — but don't forget to enjoy them in savory dishes like lasagna and soup, too. Few things scream "it's October" louder than a bright orange pumpkin. Of course, you should definitely use your fresh pumpkins to make cozy baked goods like breads and cakes — but make sure to enjoy them in savory dishes like lasagna and soup, too. And don't forget to eat the seeds!

What to Look For

Here's how to pick the best pumpkin in the patch: When you tap the gourd, you should hear a deep, hollow sound. Also, a green stem means the pumpkin is fresh.


Store whole pumpkins in a cool, dark place (such as your basement). When they're kept in the proper conditions, pumpkins can last for months. 


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Crunchy radicchio adds a burst of wine red color and bittersweet flavor to all kinds of dishes, from grilled or roasted sides to hearty entrees. The vibrant veggie is also super healthy: It's full of antioxidants, vitamin K, and fiber.

What to Look For

Look for heads of radicchio with bright, crisp-looking leaves. If any leaves look wilted, just pick them off before cooking. 


Loosely wrap radicchio and throw it in the crisper drawer of your fridge. It'll stay good for a week or longer.  


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Quince, pronounced "kwins," isn't the most popular fall fruit, but it really should be. When cooked or stewed, the fruit takes on a sweet flavor with aromas of vanilla and oranges. To make the most of quince, pair it with sugar and warm spices like cinnamon. 

What to Look For

Look for quince that are solid and free of bruises. The skin may have a bit of fuzz, and that's fine. It'll fall off as it ripens. 


Store quince at room temperature for up to a week, or loosely wrapped in the fridge for up to three weeks. 


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More seasonal fruits and vegetables to enjoy in October: 

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  • Apples
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Celery Root
  • Cranberries
  • Grapes
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Parsnips
  • Pears
  • Peppers
  • Rutabagas
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Swiss Chard
  • Winter Squash