Autumn is harvest season and that means there is plenty of fresh produce to choose from right now.
From hearty pumpkin, parsnips and winter squashes to apples, pears, figs and dates, you'll have lots of fun cooking this month.
If you are wondering what to do with this fall bounty we've put together some recipes to inspire you. Take at look at what's in season in October:
What's in Season in October?
There are many ways to prepare everyone's favorite autumn veggie. From velvety pureed soups to casseroles, pies and cookies – there never seems to be a lack of creativity for cooking pumpkin.
Recommended recipe: Pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
Aside from the very obvious (yet always delicious) apple pie, apples are great tossed into salads, pureed into soups, sauces and smoothies.
Not to mention, who doesn't love caramel apples?
Recommended recipe: Apple crisp cinnamon cupcakes
Naturally sweet and bursting with antioxidants, sweet potatoes are a treat to eat.
An effortless way to prepare is to roast them in the oven and serve with a pat of butter or a sprinkle of cinnamon. Or use them to make gnocchi, a stuffing for ravioli and the base for decadent desserts.
Recommended recipe: Sweet potato au gratin with pecans
We look forward to fig season so we can simply devour them fresh. You should too. But if you have any leftover run them under the broiler or toss them into salads.
Recommended recipe: Prosciutto and fresh fig salad
Red cabbage, Napa cabbage, white cabbage ... they are all in season in October.
Excellent for stuffing with cheese or meat, shredding into salads and eggrolls, tossing into soups and making a killer stir–fry.
Recommended recipe: Red cabbage salad with apples and hazelnuts
Take advantage of cauliflower this season by whipping up comforting casseroles, spicy sautés, pizza crusts and much more.
Recommended recipe: Indian cauliflower and peas (gobi matar)
Recommended recipe: Pears poached in red wine and cinnamon
What Else is in Season in October