We also enjoy the fruits of the area pecan trees. We do have a large pecan tree, and it produces nuts, but the 'chinches' or stinkbugs get to the fruit, and so it seldom has edible fruit. We don't spray the tree because it's right above our koi pond. I also enjoy harvesting all the little 'volunteer' chile plants which produce these tiny little peppers called 'chile piquin'. We've seen mockingbirds eating these spicy little berries, so we figure we have the mockingbird to thank for spreading such goodness around! And then there are the pomegranates which do grow in our area as well.
I will also be making pumpkin empanadas. But first I'll have to buy the pumpkins at the grocery store. This time of year is just amazing! It gives me so much hope and so many wonderful things to look forward to!