Have you seen a huckleberry up close and personal? The photo shows the fruit that gave Huckleberry Finn his nickname.
It’s a fall fruit, a good choice for today, the first day of fall. As summer fades, so does the large assortment of fruits and vegetables. Rather than pay more for imported produce that is picked early for better travel (if not better flavor), look for the fruits and vegetables harvested in fall (the list is below).
On a related note, October 6, 2015 marks the first National Fruit at Work Day, a celebration of the importance of healthy snacking in the workplace. In fact, more than 50% of one’s daily food intake is consumed at the office—and there’s too much temptation from foods that aren’t on the “good for you” list.
This new annual holiday, observed on the first Tuesday in October, is devoted to honoring the food that successfully fuels a busy workday: fruit.
The holiday was established by The FruitGuys, America’s first office fruit provider and part of the employee wellness movement since 1998. They use a large network of small local farmers to provide farm fresh fruit to workplaces nationwide.
Here’s what’s in season for fall. Not everything may be available in your area, but what is there should be domestic—not imported from overseas.
The huckleberry is in the same botanical family (Ericaceae) as blueberries and cranberries, and look similar appearance to blueberries. Their color may range instead from deep crimson to eggplant purple. Photo courtesy WiseGeek.com.
Some of the items are harvested for only a few weeks; others are around for a while.
So peruse the list, note what you don’t want to miss out on, and add it to your shopping list. To find the more exotic varieties, check international markets that specialize in Chinese, Latin American and other regional specialties. You can also look for online purveyors like Melissas.com.
The produce list was created by Produce for Better Health Foundation. Take a look at their website, FruitsAndVeggiesMoreMatters.org, for tips on better meal planning with fresh produce.
We’ve also featured their spring produce and summer produce recommendations, with the winter list coming in December.
Cactus pear (a.k.a. nopal, prickly pear, sabra)
Date plum (a.k.a. Caucasian persimmon and lilac persimmon)
Feijoa (a.k.a. acca or pineapple guavas)
Jujube (a.k.a. Chinese date, Indian date, Korean date or red date—see photo below)