Welcome to February - one of the hardest months to eat seasonally. No new fruits or vegetables become available this month, and we lose some of the fall & early winter produce like pears, cranberries, and pomegranates.
Citrus, kiwi, brussels sprouts, and winter squash make up the majority of seasonal produce in February. There are also year-round staples to count on like carrots, broccoli, and potatoes.
Seasonal twist on classics
One way to find inspiration in the kitchen this month is to add or swap in seasonal produce for your favorite classics.
- Caesar salad
Winter's citrus fruits are a great way to start your day. Slice up a grapefruit, kiwi, or clementine to add to your breakfast.
Appetizers & sides
It's easy to get bored of winter produce by the time February rolls around. While I do rely on some staples like roasted brussels sprouts alongside some chicken for an easy dinner, I try to use this month as an opportunity to experiment with those same 'ol veggies.
Here are some recipes that hopefully seem new and exciting enough to try.
Winter doesn't have a shortage of soup recipes (and with good reason). Try a new take on a butternut squash or parsnip soup. And don't forget that potato, carrot, or broccoli & cheese soups are a good option since those are available year-round at high quality.
Citrus dressings are a great seasonal option for winter salads. If you haven't tried kumquats or had them in a while, consider them for salads as well. Slice them (with the rind on) and use them in a salad to add a sweet and slightly sour flavor.
Use dinner as another excuse to experiment on some staple recipes, or as a good reason to try something new. Add a celery slaw to a buffalo burger or a kiwi salsa to your weekly taco night.
Desserts in February are all about citrus & kiwi, but they don't have to be boring. Lemon bars brighten up a dreary winter evening (or try making them with grapefruit!)
What's in season
These seasonal produce guides take a closer look at each fruit & vegetable available each month, as well as a larger collection of recipes.