Autumn All Stars: 8 Vegetables To Use This Fall

Autumn is for eating. With holidays throughout the season that encourage and celebrate food culture, we’re constantly finding ourselves behind the plate or in the kitchen. Luckily for chefs around the country, there are many fall delights that peak once the weather starts to get colder. Celebrate the season with these choice vegetables.

Pumpkin

An irrefutable icon of fall, every part of the pumpkin has a culinary application. If you want something crunchy to snack on, look to pumpkin seeds. Enjoy the sweeter things in life? Bake some pumpkin pie. No matter what your patrons are craving, bust out pumpkins for a heaping helping of fall flavor.

  • Peak Seasonality: September-November
  • Favorite Varieties: Cinderella, Baby Pam, Ghost Rider
  • Try Cooking: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds & Pumpkin Tortellini

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi exists at a crossroads. Its identity is like a greatest hits package of other vegetables. Similar to broccoli texture wise, but reminiscent of cabbage and radish at the same time, kohlrabi can be a tough vegetable to nail down. But when you finally figure it out, its sweet yet subtly spicy flavor is extremely rewarding.

  • Peak Seasonality: October-March
  • Favorite Varieties: Quickstar, Dyna
  • Try Cooking: Kohlrabi Chips & Slaw

Butternut Squash

Aside from pumpkins, butternut squash may be the most popular fall vegetable. With numerous varieties offering different culinary experiences, it’s easy to see why. On top of that, they store extremely well, so you can enjoy butternut squash long after the season is over!

  • Peak Seasonality: September-March
  • Favorite Varieties: Autumn Glow, Burpee’s Butterbush, Waltham
  • Try Cooking: Butternut Squash Soup & Risotto

Potatoes

Though they’re available year-round, potatoes are at their best during the colder months. The root vegetable is typically harvested in the fall, and is the perfect jumping off point for a creative autumn dish.

  • Peak Seasonality: September-December
  • Favorite Varieties: Kennebec, Yukon Gold, Russet
  • Try Cooking: Scalloped Potatoes & Twice Baked Potatoes

Radicchio

For a playful, sophisticated fall dish, look no further. The Italian classic reaches delectable heights in the fall, and is delicious in a variety of cooking methods! For an in-depth discussion on different methods, check out “Buonissimo Radicchio.”

  • Peak Seasonality: September-November
  • Favorite Varieties: Chioggia, Castelfranco, Treviso Tardivo
  • Try Cooking: Pasta Sauce & Winter Salads

Sweet Potatoes

The orange root vegetable practically screams fall. From its color to its culinary versatility, sweet potatoes reflect cozy October evenings. Whether you’re crafting a unique dish or putting a creative spin on an old favorite, reach for the sweet potatoes.

  • Peak Seasonality: September-December
  • Favorite Varieties: Covington’s, Jewel
  • Try Cooking: Sweet Potato Chili & Sweet Potato Pie

Kale

Sturdy and reliable, kale is the supreme cold weather green. This nutritional powerhouse has exploded in popularity over the last few years, and undergoes constant culinary innovation. Stay ahead of the game and add kale to your menu!

Cauliflower

We love cauliflower for its seemingly endless possibility. A friend to eaters from all backgrounds, cauliflower takes the edge off of gluten-heavy dishes and is paleo-friendly. Versatile, delicious, and extremely crowd-pleasing, cauliflower can kickstart any menu.

  • Peak Seasonality: September-November
  • Favorite Varieties: Snowball, White Cloud, Purple Head
  • Try Cooking: Cauliflower Crust Pizza and Carnival Cauliflower Soup