Although autumn is the traditional harvest season in many countries, it’s the opposite in Greece — at least in early autumn. Much of the bounty of the late winter and early spring months has ended by September, although you’ll still find eggplant, okra, root onions, potatoes, purslane, tomatoes and zucchini available at their ripest point in this month. Apples, figs, grapes, melons and plums remain in season as well. Walnuts are still good, as are the pistachios from Aegina.
The situation perks up again in October, although it’s the end of the season for vlita. Cucumbers begin ripening again, as do dill, endive, fennel leaves and fennel roots, beans — both fresh and dried beans are available now — root onions, peppers, radishes, romaine, rutabagas, tomatoes, zucchini, apples and grapes. Some fruits are at their best at this time of year, including apples, grapes, kiwi, persimmons, green olives, quince and pomegranates.
By December, much of the bounty you can expect in January is already starting to reach its peak.