What’s in Season – November Produce Guide

What's in season in November? Check out our seasonal November Produce Guide and recipes for pomegranates, persimmons, cranberries, pears, Brussels sprouts, parsnips, acorn squash, delicata squash, and kale.

November Produce Guide

Hello November and welcome to month 11 of our Monthly Seasonal Produce Guides!

November brings blustery days with chilly nights and lots of leaves to rake. November is another great month for eating the rainbow, there’s so much color!

We can still find plenty of apples and pears in the market, now alongside ruby pomegranates with their garnet arils, and cheerful orange persimmons.

Winter squash like pumpkin, butternut, kabocha, acorn squash, and delicata are out in full force, and will remain so for the next few months.

Sweet potatoes are peaking now, as well as root vegetables like turnips, beets, and parsnips. For greens we have brassicas like kale, chard, and Brussels sprouts.

Squirrels bury nuts in the fall, which is a good sign that they are in season! Look for freshly harvested walnuts, almonds, and pecans.

November Produce Guide

What’s in Season in November?

  • Pomegranates — Use the tart juicy arils in salads, on your cereal, or even in guacamole. Or make pomegranate molasses from the juice and use it for Fesenjan, a richly flavored chicken and walnut stew.
  • Persimmons — Eat short squat Fuyu persimmons like apples, wait until acorn-shaped Hachiya persimmons are squishy ripe and use them for baking cookies.
  • Cranberries — Cranberries only grow in a couple of boggy places in the US, and they are harvested in mid to late October, just in time to be bagged and delivered to stores for Thanksgiving. Buy them fresh while you can, and freeze them to last several months.
  • Pears and apples — Cook pears and apples into pies and tarts, or serve them with savory dishes with chicken or pork.
  • Prickly Pear — The fruit of paddle cactus ripens to a vibrant pink in the fall. Using gloves, carefully peel them and use the flesh for the most delicious juice.
  • Brussels Sprouts — Roast Brussels sprouts whole or bake them in a gratin, or slice them thin and sauté them with lemon.
  • Sweet potato — Make breakfast sweet potatoes hash browns with an egg on top, combine them with black beans in tacos or soup, or make a sweet potato casserole.
  • Root vegetables like Parsnips, Turnips, Beets — Roast root vegetables, purée them, or turn them into soup.
  • Butternut Squash, Acorn Squash, Kabocha Squash, Spaghetti Squash — Roast acorn squash with butter and brown sugar, make a creamy pumpkin soup with Kabocha, roast spaghetti squash with sausage and kale.
  • Delicata squash — Roast slices of thin-skinned delicata squash with Brussels sprouts and shallots, or roast them plain and serve with chimichurri sauce
  • Kale and chard — Make a fall sauté with kale, onions, pecans, and roasted butternut squash.
  • Porcini Mushrooms — Button mushrooms are grown indoors so they are harvested all year long. Wild mushrooms like porcini sprout after the first rains of fall in the Pacific Northwest, and then they’re gone. Sauté them with butter and marsala.
  • Walnuts, almonds, pecans — Nuts are best when they are fresh, especially walnuts. Freeze if you don’t plan to eat or cook right away.

Scroll down for more recipe ideas. What are your favorite dishes to make with fall fruits and vegetables? Let us know in the comments!

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts on Stalk

Close up shot of roasted brussel sprouts in a skillet

Even the most adamant sprouts haters will love these roasted Brussels sprouts with garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and Parmesan cheese. So crispy and delicious!

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Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Brussels sprouts blanched and baked in a cheesy white sauce with pancetta and gruyere. A perfect Thanksgiving side!

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how to eat a pomegranate without making a mess

Learn how to cut a pomegranate and de-seed it, with no mess or wasted seeds. If you've ever wondered how to open a pomegranate, this is for you!

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Pomegranate Molasses

It's easy to make Homemade Pomegranate Molasses! An essential ingredient in traditional Middle Eastern cooking.

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Fesenjan Persian Chicken Stew

Persian chicken stew made with chicken breasts or thighs, slowly cooked with ground toasted walnuts and pomegranate molasses.

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Winter Squash

Butternut Squash, Pumpkin, Kabocha

Baked Acorn Squash with Butter and Brown Sugar

Easy baked acorn squash recipe, perfect for the fall. Squash is cut in half, insides scooped out, then baked with a little butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup.

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Creamy Pumpkin Soup with Smoked Paprika

Creamy Pumpkin Soup with Smoked Paprika! This rich and creamy pumpkin soup gets a extra depth from smoked paprika. Make it with either a whole pumpkin or canned pumpkin puree.

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Roasted Winter Squash with Cilantro Chimichurri

Roasted Winter Squash with Cilantro Chimichurri! Use a mix of squashes, like acorn squash and delicata squash. The cilantro chimichurri makes this simple dish into a showstopper.

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Kale and Chard

Lacinato Kale

Roasted Butternut Squash Sauté

Great side dish for the holidays! Roasted cubes of butternut squashed tossed with balsamic sautéed onions, kale, pecans, dried cranberries.

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Kale Waldorf Salad

Best kale salad ever! A kale waldorf salad with apples, celery, walnuts, dried cranberries, and tangy mayo dressing

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poached pears in marsala

Bosc pears poached in Marsala wine with star anise, cinnamon, and cloves.

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Bacon and Pear

Grilled cheese sandwich with French bread slices, bacon, pear, and sharp white cheddar cheese.

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Persimmon Cookies

Persimmon cookies! Cinnamon kissed, and speckled with orange zest, walnuts and dried cranberries, topped with a persimmon orange sugar glaze.

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Persimmon Pomegranate Apple Salad

Persimmon salad with fuyu persimmons, pomegranate seeds, chopped apple, lemon, honey, and mint.

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Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato

African Chicken Peanut Stew

A hearty West African-inspired stew of chicken thighs and legs, sweet potatoes and peanuts that is perfect for a chilly day.

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Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes are great, but add a little bourbon and they become outright decadent! Make this easy side dish for Thanksgiving or a holiday party this year.

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Root Vegetables

Cider Roasted Root Vegetables

Beautiful roasted root vegetables—garnet yams, parsnips, carrots, beets—tossed in an apple cider vinaigrette and roasted until tender and caramelized.

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Beet Hummus

Colorful beet hummus made with red beets, tahini, lemon, and garlic. Great with pita chips or veggies!

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Walnuts and Pecans

Walnut Parsley Pesto

A traditional winter pesto made from parsley and walnuts instead of basil and pine nuts.

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Walnut Maple Pie

Walnut Pie! Similar to pecan pie, with fresh chopped walnuts, in a custardy base, sweetened with maple syrup.

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This butter pecan cookie recipe makes absolutely delicious cookies.

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Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Cranberry upside down cake with caramel cranberry topping and orange zest speckled sour cream cake.

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Cranberry Applesauce

Homemade cranberry applesauce made with apples, fresh cranberries, lemon juice, sugar, and cinnamon.

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Cranberry Glazed Meatballs

Cranberry glazed meatballs with lean ground turkey, thyme, fennel seeds, ricotta, glazed with a spicy-sweet ruby red cranberry sauce.

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  1. Carol Clouthier

    Love this. I made a Bartlett pear and fresh cranberry pie and it was heavenly!!!!!!

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