Cool, crisp weather, sweaters, boots, gorgeous colors and pumpkin everything! That can only mean one thing – fall is on its way. Officially, the fall season kicks off on Sept. 22, and not only does the season bring cozy flannel and hot chocolate, but lots of good produce that’s available this time each year.

Take a look at some of fall’s delicious bounty below. What’s your favorite seasonal ingredient?

Apples

Apples

With hundreds of varieties to choose from, you’re sure to find your favorite apple this fall, whether you like them sweet or tart. The all-American fruit is available year-round, but is at its peak from September through November. Use them up in tasty dishes like All-American Apple Pie or Squash and Apple Bake with Sausage. Need some prep tips for the popular fruit? Learn how to easily peel, core and chop an apple.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Actually a member of the cabbage family, this small, green veggie is available year-round, but at its best from September through February. Brussels sprouts are rich in potassium, fiber, Vitamin A, C, K, and powerful bone health and cancer-fighting antioxidants.

Figs

Figs

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Figs are actually a summer and fall ingredient. The fruit has a very short season at the beginning of summer, then a main crop that begins at the end of summer and runs through the fall. These tiny fruits are great to eat fresh as a snack, or try them in dishes like Slow Cooker Lamb and Fig Stew.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are another ingredient that you can find in your grocery store year-round, but they’re best during the fall months. Learn how to make the most of your mushrooms, then use them for Mushroom-Stuffed Mushrooms.

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Winter Squash

Winter Squash

Winter squash, which includes varieties such as butternut, acorn and spaghetti, are abundant in the fall. The vegetable is super versatile and can be used in everything from appetizers from desserts. Grab one of each variety and try them in Chunky Roasted Vegetable Dip, Autumn Vegetable Soup, Butternut Squash Pie and more.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

The orange sweet potato is synonymous with the fall season, often used in lots of holiday dishes. Not only is it a tasty, versatile vegetable, but sweet potatoes are good for you too, loaded with the antioxidant  beta-carotene. Use them in Savory Sweet Potato Casserole, Sweet Potato Cake with Cream Cheese Icing or Sweet Potato Casserole Biscuits.

Pears

Pears

Sweet, juicy pears are at their peak in the fall, and work great in salads and desserts. Try them in Pear-Cranberry Chutney, Brown Rice Salad with Pears, Walnuts and Gorgonzola, Caramelized Pear Tarts and more. While you’re at it, brush up on some interesting facts about the fruit.

Pumpkins

Pumpkins

It just wouldn’t be fall without pumpkins! This seasonal staple can be used similarly to winter squash and is great when fresh. We’ve got lots of pumpkin recipes to suit your taste, but we’re partial to Pumpkin Hazelnut Bars, Pumpkin Whoopie Pies and Pumpkin Pancakes.

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