I like pumpkin as much as any normal person but the pumpkin obsession that strikes every fall has become too much. Once I saw pumpkin-spice scented toilet paper I knew that we, as a society, had crossed the line. Who needs their toilet paper to smell like pumpkin spice? Better question – who is smelling their toilet paper? Y’all…seriously? It’s too much. In fact, if I didn’t know any better I’d think that pumpkin was the end all be all of fall. There are other things to eat during this beautiful season and some of them are actually better than pumpkin, believe it or not.
Wait, did I just imply pumpkin is over-rated? YEP.
It’s good, I can admit that but we’ve let this pumpkin obsession go too far. TOO. DAMN. FAR. I’ll eat your pumpkin soup, your pumpkin pie, and your pumpkin scones. I’ll even give you pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin bread. If you insist, I’ll give you the pumpkin spice latte (although I can’t stand it). I draw the line at pumpkin dip, pumpkin salad, pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin spiced cereal, pumpkin butter, and pumpkin everything. There’s more to fall than just pumpkin! Below I’ve put together a list of 22 other foods you can eat this fall. To make it even easier, I’ve even included recipes below each item. Enjoy!
22 Things to Eat This Fall Besides Pumpkin
So, without further ado, here are 22 things to eat this fall besides pumpkin.
Parsnips are root vegetables resembling a white carrot but taste a bit sweeter. They are closely related to the carrot and parsley.
Turnips are root vegetables commonly grown in temperate climates. They are recognized by their white taproot that resembles an apple.
Sweet potatoes are larger than standard potatoes, starchy, and sweet-tasting (hence, sweet potato).
Squash (particularly butternut squash) has a sweet, nutty taste similar to that of a pumpkin.
- Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Frittata
- Black-Eyed Peas Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese
Apples are the fruit that grows on the apple tree (a tree in the rose family) and is known for its sweet taste.
Pears are a fall fruit best known for their yellowish-green coloring and soft sweet taste. Pears also release a lot of juice making them perfect for sauces and syrups.
Cranberries are a unique super fruit loaded with anti-oxidants and nutrients. They grow on a vine and have a tart taste.
Considered exotic in some areas of the world, figs are sweet and juicy when ripe.
The rutabaga is a root vegetable that originated as a cross between the cabbage and the turnip.
The Brussels sprout is part of the cabbage group and grown for its edible buds. The buds resemble little cabbages.
- Sheet Pan Chicken Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic Glaze
- Crispy Brussels Sprouts Chips
Cauliflower looks like white broccoli and is one of the most versatile vegetables in the world.
- Roasted Sicilian Cauliflower with Quick Tomato Jam
- Moroccan Lamb Meatballs with Cauliflower Couscous
The pomegranate is a tart-fruit with superfood properties including powerful antioxidants.
The beetroot (commonly known as the beet) is taproot portion of the plant. It is a deep red in color.
Cabbage is a leafy green or purple biennial edible plant.
Persimmons are red-brown or orange fruits that grow on trees like plums and look like a small, rather flat tomato.
Sweet and succulent with just the faintest hint of tartness, sweet cherries are firm, glossy, deep red, and larger than the sour cherry.
Radishes are a cousin to cabbage. They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors.
A mushroom is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus. It’s edible and, if cooked correctly, is delicious.
Swiss chard is one of the most nutritious vegetables around. It has large dark green leaves which are harvested at various stages of maturity.
Spinach is an edible flowering plant and is an excellent source of vitamins and nutrients.
- Creamy Oven Risotto with Spinach, Roasted Cauliflower, and Sage
- Sun Dried Tomato, Spinach, and Cheese Stuffed Chicken
Huckleberries are large purple berries that are cooked and sweetened. You should not eat huckleberries raw as they are toxic and bitter until cooked.
Endive is a leaf vegetable similar to other bitter leafed vegetables.
There you have it! Now, get in the kitchen and make something (anything!) that isn’t pumpkin this fall. I promise you’ll like it.
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