February is known as the month of all things love. Valentine's sweets and treats are sure to flood your social media feeds all month long. Of course, chocolate is always in season, and cookies never go out of fashion...but what about inspo for meals?! This seasonal produce guide showcases what is in season in February, and it will help you stay in love with cooking all month long.
February might be considered a winter season, but there is so much bright and flavorful produce available that it's hard not to think about Spring! Citrus is abundant this time of year, so it's a great time to experiment with new and different varieties. I especially love using citrus in salads paired with winter greens!
While this list will vary slightly based on your geographical location, here’s what you can expect to find across the United States in the winter month of February.
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infographic of what's in season in February
Here's a handy infographic to showcase a snapshot of the freshest seasonal produce available in February. Save this image for all your grocery trips this month, or pin it for later!
complete list of fruits & veggies in season in February
Here are two comprehensive lists of fruits and veggies that are in season in the month of February!
what fruit is in season in February:
- Blood Oranges
- Navel Oranges
- Passion fruit
- Satsuma Mandarins
what vegetables are in season in February:
- Swiss chard
- Winter Squash
February ingredient spotlight & recipe share
Here’s a focused list of what produce is in season in February and some links to recipes for inspiration!
It might be cold outside, but tropical fruits like starfruit are showing up in markets across the country in February.
Starfruit is appropriately named for being a fruit that looks like a star when sliced. It has a light and bright flavor similar to an apple, and it is perfect for incorporating in everything from salads to cocktails! I love using it as a garnish--just slice and dehydrate and you can keep them all year long. Starfruit is also impressive in this upside-down cake!
Citrus season is also peaking in February, so keep an eye on sales of limes, lemons, and other seasonal citrus fruits!
Lemons may get a lot of hype during citrus season, but limes are worth the spotlight, too. In fact, one of my favorite ways to use limes is in lemon recipes! Simply swap out lemon juice for lime juice, and you'll be revamping an old favorite in no time. You also can't go wrong with the classic combination of cherry and lime, as seen in these Cherry Lime Muffins by my foodie friend Tasia over on her blog, Two Sugar Bugs.
Citrus season does not just stop at lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit.
There are SO MANY varieties of oranges and mandarines that are available all season long, and now is the time to explore these varieties! One of my favorite low-stress ways to use different varieties of citrus is in salad dressings, like in this Honey Orange Vinaigrette. Making salad dressings with citrus juices is an easy way to try different kinds of oranges and mandarines, helping you to find your next favorite!
Winter greens are in season throughout the month of February, and Tuscan kale is a true star of the winter greens show.
Tuscan kale is also known as lacinato kale, AND it's also known as dinosaur kale, which is honestly what I prefer to call it because...rawr. 🦕 It's a milder flavored kale that holds up well to cooking but is also wonderful raw in salads. Here is a great option for a simple Tuscan kale salad from one of my favorite chefs, Ellie Krieger.
Fennel looks a root veggie, and it may be better known as a herb, but while it is related to the carrot, it's actually not a root vegetable.
Fennel is a flowering plant that is popularly used as a seasoning in foods like sausage, however, you can also roast and eat the bulb and use the stalks of the plant for flavoring broths and stews. It tastes like anise seed or licorice, but when it's roasted, it gets much sweeter in flavor. If you're new to fennel, you can't go wrong with Ina Garten's Parmesan Fennel Gratin. Truly, put parmesan on anything and you're golden!
You might feel like you have deja vu with all the Brussels sprouts content you've seen around since September...
...but I promise you, these cute micro-cabbages are in season from fall-spring! Cooler winter temperatures make for excellent roasting season, and my friend Carissa over at Humbly-Homemade has the perfect recipe for you to cozy up: Roasted Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts with Sausage and Apples! This recipe features a triple threat of seasonal produce; Brussels Sprouts, potatoes, AND apples!
So, what’s on your shopping list this month?
I love mixing winter greens with edge-of-spring citrus this time of year, so you're sure to see a lot of varieties of kale and oranges in our fridge! We've also got a starfruit tree that has finally started fruiting after years of growth-- it's so exciting when you can harvest something seasonal from your own backyard!