Tired of Apples? Pick These Exotic Fall Fruits Instead

Here’s where to find pawpaws, persimmons and other unusual fruits in the wild

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The air is getting crisper, the leaves are turning colors and pumpkin flavors are invading every conceivable food. Yes, autumn is here.

Even after experiencing the hottest summer on record, there are places in the United States that are still feeling the heat. But that shouldn’t stop anyone from enjoying one of the best things about fall — the fruit.

Forget apples and pumpkins: A plethora of more unusual options ripen just as the leaves turn. (Yes, pumpkins are indeed fruits, as are squash, cucumbers and beans.) From succulent white sapotes to pleasurable pawpaws, here’s where to find six exotic fall fruits:

Huckleberry

This small berry is most often found in the northwestern United States, from Oregon to Idaho (where it is the state’s fruit). Often confused with blueberries, huckleberries tend to be smaller and have a more intense flavor. Huckleberry season usually starts in August and goes through September.

Humans aren’t the only animals that like this fruit: Bears can spend days in a favorite huckleberry patch. Government authorities warn fellow berry-seekers to be “prepared to yield the berry patch” to these much larger mammals.

The very name “huckleberry” holds a considerable amount of notoriety in the literary world — after all, it’s the name of one of Mark Twain’s most famous characters. Twain actually meant the name as an insult — in the late 19th century, it was used as a derogatory nickname for people of little consequence.

About Matt Blitz

Matt Blitz is a history and travel writer. His work has been featured on CNN, Atlas Obscura, Curbed, Nickelodeon, and Today I Found Out. He also runs the Obscura Society DC and is a big fan of diners.

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