5 Foods You Should Stop Buying Now (and 15 You Should Replace Them With)

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5 Foods You Should Stop Buying Now (and 15 You Should Replace Them With)

August is over and so are the peak seasons for many summer fruits and vegetables. Learn which foods you should stop buying now.

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1. Apricots

The season for fresh, locally grown apricots ends in August, so you may want to rethink picking up this fruit!

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2. Cherries

Fresh-picked cherries have a short season that lasts for about a month and by late August can be scarce.

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3. Peaches

While their season runs through September, July and August are when peaches reach their peak.

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4. Zucchini

Zucchini’s peak season ends in late August, so you won't find them at their prime.

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5. Strawberries

Strawberries are in season from April through August, but they can be enjoyed year round in jams, butters and chutneys.

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Although some of our favorite summer produce can no longer be found freshly picked and at the peak of its flavor, the fall means a whole new crop of delicious options to look forward to! Read on to discover 15 foods that are in season for fall.

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1. Apples

While available year round, apples do have a season! The harvest season for apples runs from August to October depending on the variety. They can be stored for up to six months at cold temperatures.

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2. Wild Mushrooms

Many varieties of wild mushrooms peak in the fall, including chanterelles, hen of the woods and lobsters. Meaty mushrooms are perfect for hearty fall dishes.

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3. Brussels Sprouts

From September to February, you can find locally grown Brussels sprouts at their peak. Try oven-roasting them with a drizzle of olive oil and sea salt for crispy texture.

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4. Cauliflower

This cool-season crop is ready to harvest by October, when its creamy white florets taste best. It also has another peak in early spring.

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5. Cranberries

Tart cranberries reach their peak from mid-September to mid-November. Due to their high acid content, they can stay fresh for long periods of time.

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6. Parsnip

This hardy root vegetable may look like a carrot, but it can be distinguished by its pale, cream color. Parsnips' peak season runs from fall to spring.

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7. Turnip

From October to March, you can find turnips at their best. Choose young turnips for their “hot” flavor to add a zing to soups, stews and salads.

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8. Figs

Find fresh figs from late June through late September, with common Black Mission figs arriving first and green Kadota figs following after.

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9. Grapes

While grapes can be found in supermarkets all year long, locally grown grapes have their peak season in autumn when they’re plump and sweet.

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10. Chard

Swiss chard has its peak season from late summer through fall. When shopping, look for crisp green leaves and thick stalks.

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11. Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is a type of winter squash along with acorn squash, spaghetti squash and pumpkin. This sweet and nutty vegetable peaks during the fall and winter.

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12. Acorn Squash

Small, round acorn squash is sweet and nutty like other winter squash and similarly peaks in the fall and winter.

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13. Sweet Potatoes

Fresh crops of sweet potato arrive in the fall, but the tuber stores well in cool conditions. You can further develop their sweet flavor by storing them in a warm location in your home for about a week.

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14. Pears

Many varieties of pears grown in North America, like Green Anjou, Bartlett and Bosc, start their season in August or September.

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15. Pumpkins

Known as the quintessential fall vegetable, pumpkins mature in the fall and winter. Simply bake pumpkin flesh in the oven for tender, delicious results, or try it in a favorite recipe.

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As summer comes to an end, so does the peak season of many of our favorite summer fruits and vegetables.

Now, it's time to bring on the apples, butternut squash and cauliflower!

Check out the slideshow above to discover five summer foods you should replace with fall favorites.

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