Seasonal February dishes

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 nourishing vegetarian meals to rich meat dishes and sweet treats, 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 also in season, offering opportunities to cook lots of tasty side dishes.

Hearty, herby stew

Parsnip and hazelnut gratin

Cauliflower soup with cheese twirls

Potato and leek slice

Baked sweet potato salad

Baked sweet potato salad (Image: Waitrose & Partners/loveFOOD)Waitrose & Partners/loveFOOD

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.

Beef stew with dumplings

Steak and ale pie

Winter venison stew

Chicken soup and dumplings

Duck cottage pie

Duck cottage pie (Image: Rick Stein's Secret France/BBC Books)
Rick Stein's Secret France/BBC Books

Seafood

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

Seafood silken tofu soup

Chunky fish soup

Spicy prawn and tomato stew

Miso cod ramen

Cod with chorizo and white beans

Cod with chorizo and white beans (Image: The Hairy Bikers' One Pot Wonders/Seven Dials) The Hairy Bikers' One Pot Wonders/Seven Dials

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. Other imported fruit best eaten this time of year include bananas, passion fruit and pomegranate.

Banana cake with coconut frosting

Lime cracker pie

Pomegranate passion cake

Clementine sponges with cranberry sauce

Lemon meringue pie tart

Lemon meringue pie tart (Image: Big Mamma Cucina Popolare/Phaidon)Big Mamma Cucina Popolare/Phaidon

Lead image: Michael Kraus/Shutterstock

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