Fall is a season of harvest, but you don't have to be a farmer to reap the nation's most exotic and fresh foods and the bodily benefits they bring. Buying food from sustainable farms not only encourages fair competition between local producers, but also empowers small farming businesses, all the while promoting a little hometown pride. And though much of autumn's trademark foods grow in almost every corner of the country — garlic, blackberries, pumpkins, pomegranates, to name a few — each region boasts a tasty piece of the country. Covering the coasts, corners, plains, and deserts of the US, we've listed the in-season attractions, some of which are more unique than expected.
Southwest: Big Jim green peppers, also known as the Numex Big Jims, are big sellers in the Southwestern regions like New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas. Usually growing 10-12 inches, Big Jims are considerably mild (500-2,000 scoville units), and the pepper's volume makes it perfect for stuffing.
Southeast: Dragon fruit, also known as Pitaya, ripen right about now in Florida's fall months, growing from a vining cactus. With a thick, hot pink skin and flamboyant appearance, the dragon fruit surprisingly tastes more like a kiwi — mild and subtly sweet.