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Fall food — what to make in October

Looking for some festive fall food for October? Discover some fun and creative ideas from our list of seasonal fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood. Need even more ideas? You can also check out our list of food holidays for October which has a surprising amount of days devoted to food that isn’t carved pumpkins, candied apples, cupcakes and grey-market candy.

October Food Ideas

American cheese, apples, applejack, brandied fruit, caramel, cookies, chili, desserts, elderberries, ham, jujubes, pasta, pear, persimmons, pineapple, pickled peppers, pizza, pomegranate, popcorn, pork, pretzels, pumpkin (and pumpkin spice), quince, Satsuma oranges, sauerkraut, sausage, seafood, spinach, vegetarian dishes

October Drink Ideas

Amaretto sours, apple juice, apple spritzer, brown ales, cabernet franc, chocolate milk, cappuccino, cider, dunkelweizen, English pale ale, fruit punch, harvest ales, liqueurs/cordials, mead, mother-in-law’s tea, Marzen/Oktoberfest beers, merlot, oaked chardonnay, Oranzada (orangeade), pinot noir, pumpkin beer, sangria, sparkling wine, spezi, strawberry bowle, viognier, vodka

Seasonal Fruit

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Asian pears
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cactus pears
  • Cantaloupe
  • Chestnuts
  • Cranberries
  • Coconut
  • Dates
  • Dragonfruit
  • Elderberries
  • Figs
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Honeydew
  • Jackfruit
  • Jujubes
  • Key limes
  • Kiwano
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mango
  • Nectarine
  • Olives
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Passionfruit
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pecans
  • Pineapple
  • Pistachios
  • Plums
  • Pomegranate
  • Quince
  • Raspberries
  • Sapote
  • Starfruit
  • Strawberries
  • Tamarillo
  • Tangerine
  • Texas red grapefruit
  • Tomatoes
  • Walnuts
  • Watermelon

Seasonal Vegetables

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

Seasonal Meat & Seafood

  • Sole
  • Grouper
  • Halibut
  • Lamb
  • Lobster
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Mussels
  • Oysters
  • Partridge
  • Rabbit
  • Trout
  • Red Snapper
  • Salmon
  • Swordfish
  • Tilapia
  • Venison

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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