October seasonal produce: cabbage, leeks, pumpkin, apples, pomegranate, mushrooms

October produce guide

Even if October seems to have become international Pumpkin month, there are many fruits and vegetables at their peak this month.

Stew season is starting with veg like potatoes, swede and cabbages and we get our last tastes of summer with the more sturdy late season greens like lamb’s lettuce and kale, and of course all the winter squash.

I’ve tried to be as inclusive as possible listing as much of the produce as I could, but seasonality and availability will depend on where you live. So keep in mind that you might not be able to find everything.

Coming in season

October seasonal produce: cabbage, pumpkin, pomegranates, apples, leeks, mushrooms

  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts (button sprouts)
  • Clementines
  • Cranberries
  • Daikon (mooli, white raddish)
  • Dates
  • Jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes, sunroots)
  • Kumquats
  • Pecans
  • Swede (rutabaga, Swedish turnip)
  • Sweet potatoes (yams: not African or Asian yams)
  • Turnip (white turnip)
  • Walnuts

At its best

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Artichoke (globe artichokes)
  • Blackberries
  • Brazil nuts
  • Butternut squash
  • Cabbages
  • Cardoon (artichoke thistle)
  • Celeriac (celery root)
  • Chard (Swiss chard, silver beets)
  • Chestnuts
  • Chives
  • Escarole (endives, leaf chicory)
  • Grapes
  • Kale (leaf cabbage)
  • Kohlrabi (German turnip, turnip cabbage)
  • Lamb’s lettuce (corn salad, mache, field salad, rapunzel, doucette)
  • Leeks
  • Medlars
  • Onions
  • Parsley (curly)
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Pear
  • Persimmons (soft and hard)
  • Pistachios
  • Pomegranates
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Quince
  • Rocket (arugula, rucola)
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Salsify
  • Sloes (blackthorns)
  • Sorrel (spinach dock)
  • Spinach
  • Thyme
  • Truffles
  • Turnip greens (turnip tops)
  • Wild mushrooms
  • Winter squash

Going out of season

  • Aubergines (egg-plant, garden eggs)
  • Avocado (Hass)
  • Basil
  • Broccoli
  • Chicory (coffeeweed, horseweed, wild endive)
  • Courgette (zucchini)
  • Damsons
  • Elderberries
  • Fennels
  • Figs
  • Garlic
  • Green beans (French beans, snap beans, string beans)
  • Hazelnuts (cobnuts)
  • Marrows
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Peppers (bell peppers, sweet peppers, capsicum)
  • Plums
  • Radishes
  • Raspberries
  • Spring onions (scallions, green onions, salad onions)
  • Sweet corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Watercress

Is there anything missing? Add it in the comments and let everyone know!

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