Get Seasonally Savvy with this Fall Fruits Guide

September 13, 2016

Need a quick reference for shopping for Fall fruits? Here's your 101 for picking the best of what's in season.

Fall is nine days away, and SupermarketGuru wants you to know how to shop for what's in season. Eating “seasonally” will allow you to diversify your diet, save money, and you may discover some produce that you love and didn’t even know existed!

The most abundant seasonal fruits of fall include apples and pears. Their flavors are more delicate and lightly sweet. Season is September through November. But there are many varieties to choose from when selecting fall fruit. 

  • The best apples for baking include Granny Smith, Jonathan, McIntosh and Rome. 
  • Persimmons are either hard fleshed (Fuyu), or soft (Hachiya or Saijo). Hard ones should be very firm as texture is similar to an apple; soft versions should yield, like pears, yet never be mushy. 
  • Pineapples should smell lightly sweet at the stem. 
  • Pomegranates are harvested before maturity and their edible seeds become juicier and more flavorful with age. 
  • Figs have a second season in fall, close to Thanksgiving; should be unblemished and soft but not mushy. 
  • Choose pears that are fragrant and free of blemishes.

How to Buy: Fruit should feel heavy for its size and have no blemishes. Apples, cranberries, pineapples, grapes, and quince are picked ripe and ready to eat. Citrus should have little or no green tint.

How to Use: Eat fresh singly or mixed with other fruits; add to salads, yogurt, or cereals; bake alone or with poultry and meats.

How to Store: Refrigerate apples, citrus, pineapples, Asian pears, cranberries, figs, quince, and grapes.
Pomegranates can be refrigerated for two or three months. Crack and open them in a bowl of cold water to release the seeds. Pears and persimmons can ripen on the counter; check daily for optimum ripeness.

Smarter Shopping: Fruits that can be refrigerated for weeks warrant buying when on sale.

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