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This is an interesting month for the seasonal produce guide! Vegetables in season in September highlight the transition of summer to fall. But what makes September such an optimal time for fall fruits and vegetables? Fruits in season in September begin to undergo lower temperatures and less rain, making fundamental changes in their flavor. This goes for the vegetables in season in September too!

If you have missed any of the other guides you can catch up on them here!

Just because these fall fruits and vegetables are changing doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. Vegetables in season in September are some of the best tasting ingredients you can get all year! I’m excited to show you the different fall fruits and vegetables and their varieties! Let get started!

Fruits in Season in September

Apples

Of course, apples are a staple September produce in season.  Apples undergo a special change during this time because our climate is changing! Apples become a little sweeter and their flavor deepens making them great for holiday dishes! Check out these different varieties of apples during September!

  • Melrose- The perfect piece to the fruits in season in September! Melrose apples are a cross between the Johnathon and Red Delicious varieties! These apples have a sweet and “sugary” taste making them perfect for desserts!
  • Ida Red Apples-These apples are a Michigan favorite and for good reason too! This September produce in season is medium sized and generally round shaped. The skin of this amazing apple is green with a bright red overlay, covering a yellowish green and sometimes has a pinkish hue.
fruits in season in September: apples are a part of the fall fruits and vegetables.

When buying apples, be sure to look for firm feeling fruits with not dark spots or mushy areas. You don’t want these. Also, stay away from any knicks or bruises in the skin.

Grapes

Grapes are THE fruits in season in September!In September alone, there are roughly 60 varieties of grapes that are harvested! This is insane numbers! A lot of these grapes are used in wines and other beverages, but we like to eat our grapes around here! Check out the delicious grape’s varieties during this season!

  • Thomson Seedless-when it comes to fall fruits and vegetables, this is a classic!  Also known as a “sultana” this grape is a small, sweet, and mild flavored green grape. This is one of the most common grapes out there.
  • Autumn Royal-This grape brings a lot to the fruits in season in September! These late bloomers are plump, oval-shaped, and dark purple. A medium thickness skin protects a firm translucent flesh that gives off a delicious, sweet flavor. Overall, this is a great September produce in season.
  • Concord-This grape is how you know it is officially fall! These tasty grapes have a thick sour skin, with a decadent flesh. This fruits in season in September has big tannic seeds that are not edible. You can pit these grapes, or you can cook them down and strain the syrup, just don’t eat the seeds!

When buying any grapes, be sure the grapes are plump and firm. Stay away from any shriveled grapes or mushy ones. Be on the look out for mold that may hide in between clusters as well.

  Ground Cherries

Ground Cherries are a September produce in season at its peak during this time! These delicious treats are also known as the “Cape Gooseberry”, “Chinese Lantern”, or “Goldenberry”. This delicious fruits in season in September is wrapped in a papery husk similar to a tomatillo.

Ground Cherries have a smooth, almost waxy skin! Their inner pulp contains tiny yellow seeds which are not only edible, but they also add delicious textural element! The fruit offers a tart acidity that rivals the flavor of a tomato crossed with a pineapple!

When buying ground cherries, look for husks that are still intact. Do not buy any ground cherries that have spotting or dark brown to black mushy areas.

Pears

Pears are still going strong as many varieties of these fruits in season in September begin to surface! Pears bring a new crisp freshness to the fall fruits and vegetables category! Here are some prevalent varieties that you need to know for this September!

  • Bosc-Bosc pears stand out from the rest of the September produce in season. With elongated necks, stems, and tougher cinnamon colored skin; these pears are definitely not run of the mill! Don’t fret if you see a bit of brown discoloration on the skin, this is called “russeting”, its common.
  • Comice-Comice pears are the sweetest of the pear varieties. These fruits in season in September are known as dessert pears for this reason. Early Comice pears were known for their yellowish green skin, but now red varieties are more prevalent.  These pears have a more short and chubby shape with a broad neck!
These different pears are fruits in season in September

When buying pears, look for pears with unblemished skin. Stay away from any bruises or soft, mushy areas. Pears continue to ripen after they are picked, so when in doubt pick the firmer pears. Be sure you check the root end and stem for any mold that could be hiding.

Persimmons

fall fruits and vegetables: persimmons.

A persimmon is a large berry that grows on a variety of trees in the genus Diospyros. This is one of the more unique fall fruits and vegetables because of its blooming schedule, and its rarity. All varieties of persimmons fall into two categories: astringent, and non-astringent.  Here are the varieties of persimmons to keep an eye out for!

  • Fuyu-These are an Asian variety of persimmon. These early September produce in season are the leading non-astringent persimmon variety. You can tell this persimmon by its tomato-like shape and deep orange color.
  • Eureka-  This is a medium-large oblate fruit with bright orange- red skin. This fruit is sweet and juicy when ripe. This is one of the astringent fruits in season in September, and there are seeded and seedless products available
  • Sharon Fruit-This persimmon is a sweet fruit in which the astringent property has been removed artificially. This type of persimmon has no core and is seedless in nature. This makes the Sharon fruit extremely popular across the world.

When buying persimmons, look for plump fruits with smooth shiny skin. Avoid in soft or mushy areas with dark discoloration. Persimmons also develop black spots; this is an early sign of rot.

Pumpkins

Yes! Pumpkins are fruits in season in September! Keyword, FRUITS! While pumpkins come in a variety of sizes, they all have the same criteria they need to meet. No matter the size, pumpkins should feel heavy. You also need to be sure to check the pumpkin for dark and mushy areas.

Tomatillos

With this September produce in season, always buy in the husk! In addition, you want to make sure the skin underneath is unbroken and doesn’t have any soft or mushy areas. Your tomatillo should be firm. Look at any exposed areas, top, and bottom for any mold that could be hiding.

Tomatoes

fruits in season in September: tomatoes.

These fall fruits and vegetables are hard to classify! They are widely thought of as vegetables, but technically they are fruits. With thousands of varieties, going off of appearance will prove to be ineffective. Check out these fall varieties of tomatoes!

  • Glacier-This variety of tomato is an all around great tomato. It is one of the best when it comes to flavor and is one of the earliest to bloom. This tomato plant bears fruit all season!! It is very tolerant to cold and can even survive a light freeze, hence the name “glacier”.
  • Black Prince-Originally from Siberia, this tomato is one of the more popular black varieties. This September produce in season is an amazingly rich tomato, in flavor and in nutrients. These deep round tomatoes are 2-3 ounces on average.
  • San Francisco Fog-Large tomatoes that grow in clusters about 2-3 inches in diameter, with s bright red skin. These tomatoes were bred for the cool, west coast climate. These are really good for canning, salads, and sauces.

When buying tomatoes, avoid all of these signs of going bad. Pick firm and heavy tomatoes. Don’t buy any tomatoes with bruises or soft and mushy areas. You also want to smell your tomatoes. If they have a pleasant smell, then your solid. Avoid any blue or white mold on the tomatoes as well.

 Watermelon

Watermelons have a few different varieties, but these summer season fruits mostly have the same characteristics. You want to buy the darker green melons, as they are going into the ripe stage. Lighter melons are a gamble. Here are a few varieties of watermelon you have to try this season!

  • Charleston Gray- Huge and elongated, these melons are named after their greenish-gray skin.  These melons have a sweet, juicy, and bright red flesh.
  • Georgia Rattlesnake-  These are one of the oldest heirloom watermelons around! One of the biggest as well, with oblong shape and a super tough rind. The crimson flesh is sweet and popular among the younger crowd.
  • Blacktail Mountain-  This watermelon is a trooper! One of the earliest fruits in season in September and can continue to ripen in temperatures as low as 40 degrees.  Brandishing a dark green rind, this watermelon consistently weights 14lbs. Its flesh is deliciously sweet making it a summertime favorite

Your watermelon should feel heavy. If it doesn’t, move on to another. Lastly, use the thump test. Tap the watermelon on its underbelly if it sounds hollow then its good.

watermelons are fall fruits and vegetables.

  Squash

September produce in season is greatly affected during this transitional time of the year! As fall fruits and vegetables flood the market, summer squash and winter squash varieties clash! But don’t let the names fool you, summer squash is available year round. Winter squash is actually harvested in the fall and stored for winter.

delicata squash is a type of produce in season in September.

Summer Varieties

  • Zucchini-everyone knows this hometown favorite! This fruit grows on a vine and is harvested prematurely while the seeds are soft and still edible.
  • Golden Zebra-when it comes to fall fruits and vegetables, the golden zebra squash may be the flashiest! This squash is bright gold with orange stripes, and amazing flavor.

Winter Varieties

  • Delicata Squash-These small oblong fruits in season in September, have a cream colored rind with green stripes running from end to end. The flesh is a yellowish orange color and at its center are a cove of edible seeds. The cool thing about this squash, is that after its cooked, you can eat the skin!
  • Ambercup Squash-  also known as “Red Kobacha”, the amber cup squash is similar to the acorn squash. With a thick rind, this squash has the durability of a pumpkin. On the inside is a dense and sweet flesh with extraordinarily little moisture. At its innermost core, lies a web of pith and seeds, that are easily removed with a spoon.

Vegetables in Season in September

Basil

When buying basil, you want to buy the freshest possible due to the short shelf life. You want to stay away from any brown or black leaves that are slimy in texture. You want to avoid any moisture at all. 

Cabbage

Whether red or green, look for cabbage with tight leaves and firm heads. No matter what variety of cabbage you’re looking for, it should feel heavier than it looks. Avoid any discoloration or soft spots because this is a big sign of rot.

Chili Peppers

vegetables in season in September: Anaheim peppers

Chili peppers are vegetables in season in September that come in many shapes, sizes, and varieties. With the different varieties comes varying heat intensities. Here are a few varieties of chili peppers that bring the heat to Fall fruits and vegetables.

  • Anaheim-These delicious peppers originated in south Carolinas Anaheim city! These peppers look similar to poblano peppers in shape but are lighter in color. These peppers aren’t very spicy, but they do offer a lighter peppery flavor. These peppers have a SHU or Scoville hot unit of 250-2500.
  • Mirasol-in Spanish, mirasol means “looking at the sun”. These peppers grow upwards were the bottom tips of the peppers point to the sun. These little peppers vary in size, but they all have the red to dark red color. In dried form, they are known as the guajillo pepper!
  • Piri Piri-These chilis are thin walled and grow to be 2-5 cm long. Don’t let their small size fool you, these peppers are spicy hot!! Mainly used in African or east Indian cooking, these peppers are any easy way to introduce crazy heat to your cooking.

All peppers should have a shiny or glossy skin and a firm texture to them. Stay away from any peppers where the skin is broken, or the inside is exposed. Avoid any dark brown or black mushy spots all together. 

Chives

Chives are in the allium family and are broken down into two subcategories. There are European chives and Chinese chives. Either way, you’re looking for green tubes with no yellowing or dark brown areas. Be sure you buy chives that are dry you don’t want any moisture on your chives.

Edamame

Edamame are pretty much ripe soybeans. These delicious snacks are harvested before they dry out in their pods. These vegetables in season in September should be firm, bright green, and crisp. Avoid any extra moisture, slimy areas, or discoloration.

Eggplant

Eggplants are a type of vegetables in season in September. The squash family has a multitude of colors and sizes. These fall fruits and vegetables can be purple, white, green, or orange hues. Looking for the best eggplant is simple though. First, check out some eggplant varieties available during this time.

  • Black Beauty – This is one of the common varieties. Other varieties include ‘Black Magic’, ‘Purple Rain’, and ‘Early Bird’.
  • Black Bell – This is the classic Italian eggplant. It has an oval to round shape with a deep purple-black, glossy skin.
  • Fairy Tale Eggplant – These are delicate small eggplants. These august vegetables are white with purple stripes. Sweet with tender skin and few seeds.
Vegetables in season in September : Eggplants

 You want to look for smooth, shiny, unblemished skin. This is a good sign of a heathy eggplant. Be sure to give it a couple gentle squeezes to see if it has a “spongy” feel.

Garlic

Mature garlic heads should have a papery skin. The most important part of looking for garlic, is making sure all the cloves are covered by this outer skin. Ideally, garlic should be firm and free of bruises and mold. Avoid garlic that appears shriveled or has visible mold.

Green Beans

When bent in half, a ripe green bean should snap in half with crisp freshness. These vegetables in season in September are best bought at a vibrant green bean with no discoloration. Avoid any blemishes or yellowing on your beans with absolutely no mold!

Lavender

This July produce guide features an amazing herb that has been used for thousands of years for more than just food. Nevertheless, lavender add a sweet accent to teas, coffee, and sweet dishes. Lavender should be vibrant and fragrant. Avoid any moisture or slimy areas. Definitely stay away from off putting smells.

Mint

Mint is used in cooking and medicine. Make sure your mint has perky leaves and stems. Your mint should be vibrant green with no brown spots or mold. Avoid all moisture on your mint. Fresh mint should be very aromatic, stay away from off putting smells.

Okra

A local favorite in the southern regions of the U.S. Okra has pseudo star shaped pods with a springy fibrous texture that range in size. Although okra can be found in various lengths, the sweet spot is 4-6 inches in length.  Once the okra gets bigger than that, it can become quite fibrous.

Be sure to stay away from okra that has a slimy texture on the outside. These august vegetables in season should be firm, green, and crisp. Avoid any extra moisture, slimy areas, or discoloration.

Peas

Peas are a type of September produce in season that vary in size, color, and variety. You could come across white, purple, yellow, or the most common green pea. When purchasing these delicious plump pods, they should have a bright green hue. Avoid mushy and slimy pods with any discoloration.

Potatoes

There may be the most species of potatoes than any other vegetables in season in September! With that being said, you cannot decide how to buy a potato based off color alone. Pick potatoes free of any mold (the most common is blue, white, or red) or mushy areas. You also want to avoid potatoes that have bruised or broken skin.

Sweet Potatoes

These vegetables in season in September is packed full of nutrients, making is extremely attractive to the July produce guide. Sweet potatoes come in all shapes and sizes, and range in colors from white to purple. Buying sweet potatoes is pretty straight forward. You want to buy a firm potato with no soft or mushy areas. Avoid any moisture or slimy textures and any sweet potatoes with exposed flesh.

Yams

Often confused with sweet potatoes, these bring the new season with other fall fruits and vegetables. Real yams have a tougher bark and offer a less sweet flavor. These are very dense July produce, and they have a white flesh. Yams should be bought while they are very firm. Avoid any yams with soft or mushy areas.

Thank you for checking out another month of my seasonal produce guide. If you enjoyed this September produce guide, then you should check out our other months!

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My name is Mason Bostwick. I am the owner and creator of freshvegplate.com. I have been a chef all my life, it is the only profession I have ever had. Cooking means more to me than it should, but for my constant obsession of food I have seen much success in my career.

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