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Fall food — what to make in November

Looking for popular fall food for November (other than turkey and stuffing)? Find some fun ideas for fall or create a distinctive dish for your Thanksgiving feast from our list of seasonal fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood. Need even more ideas? You can also check out our list of November food holidays.

Holiday turkey with all the trimmings will dominate the month of November of course, but Meyer lemons, sweet Satsuma mandarins and Seville sour oranges start to make their first appearances of their short and limited seasons. Citrus lovers should beg, borrow and steal to get their hands on some of these coveted fruit.

November Food Ideas

Baklava, cardoons, clementines, cranberries, deviled eggs, figs, gingerbread, heirloom navel oranges, Meyer lemons, peanut butter, pecans, plantains, plums, pumpkin (and pumpkin spice), quince, raisin bread, Satsuma oranges, Seville sour oranges, smoked foods, squash, stuffing, sweet potatoes, turkey, yacon

November Drink Ideas

Gin, beaujolais nouveau, brandy, brown ales, cabernet franc, cappuccino, cranberry cocktail, dunkelweizen, English pale ale, espresso, fruit punch, harvest ales, Harvey Wallbanger, fruit-infused bourbon, glögg, Marzen/Oktoberfest beers, merlot, mulled apple cider, oaked chardonnay, pinot noir, pumpkin beer, Pilgrim punch, viognier, sparkling wine

Seasonal Fruit

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Asian pears
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cactus pears
  • Cantaloupe
  • Chestnuts
  • Citron
  • Coconut
  • Cranberries
  • Dates
  • Feijoas
  • Grapefruit
  • Guava
  • Honeydew
  • Jackfruit
  • Key limes
  • Kiwano
  • Kiwi
  • Kumquats
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mandarins
  • Olives
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Passionfruit
  • Pears
  • Pecans
  • Persimmons
  • Pineapple
  • Pistachios
  • Plums
  • Pomegranate
  • Pomelos
  • Quince
  • Raspberries
  • Starfruit
  • Strawberries
  • Tangelos
  • Tangerine
  • Texas red grapefruit
  • Tomatoes
  • Walnuts

Seasonal Vegetables

  • Acorn squash
  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Bell peppers
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli rabe/Rapini
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Burdock
  • Butternut squash
  • Cabbage
  • Cardoons
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Chile peppers
  • Collard greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Delicata squash
  • Endive
  • Escarole
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Green beans
  • Herbs
  • Horseradish
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Jicama
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lambsquarters
  • Leeks
  • Mizuna
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard Greens
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Orach
  • Parsnip
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Purslane
  • Radicchio
  • Radishes
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Salsify
  • Scallions
  • Shallots
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Summer squash
  • Sunchokes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tatsoi
  • Tomatillos
  • Turnips
  • Watercress
  • Winter squash
  • Yacon
  • Zucchini

Seasonal Meat & Seafood

  • Tuna
  • Blue Crab
  • Calamari squid
  • Catfish
  • Clams
  • Cod
  • Crawfish
  • Duck
  • Sole
  • Grouper
  • Lamb
  • Lobster
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Mussels
  • Oysters
  • Partridge

Food in italic is entering or leaving their peak season, or may only be available in limited quantities. Food in bold is available all year long, but may not consist of one species (for instance, tilapia is a common term for nearly a hundred different cichlid fish) or be imported from different regions of the world at different times of the year (avocados, pineapples) and therefore may have different flavors and characteristics.

Also, please note: While almost all fruits and vegetables, meat and seafood are available in some preserved form out of season and many of the most popular are effectively in season year round, the availability and quality of seasonal foods can vary dramatically according to species, region and natural circumstances (like weather and disease).

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