Seasonal February dishes

Updated on 04 February 2019

February foods in season and what to cook with them

Winter may still be dragging on but there are plenty of delicious ingredients at their seasonal best to see you through the cold days. From zingy salads to rich, indulgent dishes, we’ve got the perfect recipes for February. Find out what produce is great right now with this month’s guide.

Vegetables

Root vegetables like beetroot, swede, sweet potatoes, turnips and parsnips are still at their best, as are sprouts, kale, broccoli, cauliflower and kohlrabi. This month give knobbly Jerusalem artichokes a go or splash out with some black truffles. Purple sprouting broccoli is coming into season, offering opportunities to cook lots of tasty side dishes.

Wild rice, kale and pistachio salad

Sweet potato rösti with poached eggs 

Beetroot and horseradish pierogi with braised sour red cabbage

Creamy kale and celeriac

Vegan cauliflower dhansak

Cauliflower dhansak
MOB Kitchen/Pavilion Books

Meat

Game remains firmly on the menu. February is the best month to try guinea fowl, hare, partridge and venison. Cold winter evenings are perfect for one-tray meat dishes with turkey, chicken or pork while different cuts of beef will work magic in slow-cooked stews and casseroles.

Chicken soup with dumplings

Slow-cooked short rib pho

Roasted pork belly with pears and thyme 

Pot-roasted guinea fowl with wild mushrooms, prunes and thyme

Roast pork loin

Roast pork loin
Matty Matheson: A Cookbook/Abrams

Seafood

Shellfish is abundant this time of year – get stuck into clams, cockles, langoustine, lobster, mussels, oysters and scallops. Lemon sole, hake, red mullet and halibut are also among the best catches of the month.

New England clam chowder

Turmeric and lime mussel broth

Red mullet, squid and cockle bouillabaisse 

Scallops with chorizo and lemon butter 

Linguine with clam sauce

Linguine vongole
Karissaa/Shutterstock

Fruit

Native apples and pears are still around as is sweet-and-sour rhubarb. From overseas, citrus fruits like lemons, blood oranges and clementines add a Vitamin C zing to everything from salads to puddings.

French lemon cream tart

Lime cracker pie 

Clementine and cardamom upside-down cake

Honey and lemon cupcakes

Apple and cheese spelt bun

Apple and cheese spelt bunsThe Little Swedish Kitchen/Michael Joseph

Lead image: oxyzay/Shutterstock

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