What’s in Season – February Produce Guide

What's in season in February? Check out seasonal produce guide and recipes for blood oranges, lemons, swiss chard, kale, collards, fennel, leeks, cabbage, radicchio, arugula, and sweet potatoes

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February Produce Guide

Welcome to month 2 of our Monthly Seasonal Produce Guides!

When February arrives we are still in the thick of winter, but with hints of a spring soon to come. You can find almost all of the produce of January, like winter squash, cabbages, and citrus, but with some new additions like leeks, fennel bulbs, and baby arugula.

February seasonal produce

What’s in Season in February?

  • Blood oranges and lemons: Blood oranges are peaking now, these juicy ruby wonders timed perfectly for Valentines Day. Most citrus are happiest during the dreary winter months. Now is the time to make marmalade, and anything lemony.
  • Swiss chard, kale, and collards: It’s still the season for sturdy winter greens. Look for rainbow chard with colorful stems.
  • Fennel: Looks like celery, tastes like licorice, this relative of carrots and parsley is terrific shaved raw into salads, added into stews, or baked or braised.
  • Leeks: The white and light green parts of leeks grow under a mound of mulch, with just the dark green leaves exposed to light. All that mulch can get in the crevices of the leeks, so make sure to slice them open and rinse thoroughly before cooking. Leeks share the allium family with onions, garlic, shallots, and chives. Think of them as giant green onions that you cook. They’re great in soups, or braised.
  • Cabbage: Purple and green cabbages are winter work horses. They’ll last weeks in your fridge without going bad. Use cabbage for slaws, or for stuffing or adding to soups.
  • Radicchio: Radicchio looks a little like purple cabbage, but it’s an entirely different vegetable. It’s a chicory like endive or frisée, and can be a little bitter. Shred a few leaves to add to salads. It’s delicious roasted or grilled.
  • Arugula: Baby arugula is available all year long because most of what we see packaged in the market is grown indoors. But garden arugula starts making an appearance in early spring. If you garden, pick the leaves young while they are lightly peppery, but not overwhelmingly so.
  • Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes are grown and harvested all year. There’s no particular season for them, but they are so sweet and colorful, they can brighten any winter meal!

Scroll down for recipes using the best of February produce!

Blood Oranges and Lemons

Blood Orange French 75 Cocktail

Here's the perfect cocktail for a romantic Valentine's Day celebration, a ruby red French 75 made with blood orange juice and champaign!

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Salmon with Lemon Cream Sauce

Sautéed salmon fillets served with a simple lemony cream sauce.

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Swiss Chard, Kale, and Collards

Sustenance Stew

Hearty vegan and gluten-free soup with sweet potatoes, canned tomatoes, Swiss chard, and almond butter. 30-minute cooking time.

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Swiss Chard

Easiest way to make Swiss chard! Cook in olive oil with garlic and crushed red pepper.

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Colcannon

Colcannon Potatoes are an Irish mashed potato recipe with mixed with greens and scallions and LOTS of butter and cream. You can't go wrong with this green-filled dish on St. Patrick's Day!

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Fennel, Leeks, and Arugula

Halibut with peppers and onion on plate

This halibut is baked nestled in a bed of fennel, peppers, tomatoes, olives and fresh herbs. It's a one skillet supper that's ready in a flash!

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Caramelized Fennel and Onions

Sliced onions and fennel, slowly cooked until lightly browned, tossed with Parmesan, lemon, and parsley.

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Leek and Potato Soup

Potato Leek Soup is a classic! Nothing's better than a bowl of hearty potato soup on a chilly day. And it's easy, too! No cream needed, just purée the soup to make it thick and creamy.

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Parsnip Parsley Soup

Beautiful vivid green parsnip leek soup! Made with sautéed leeks, simmered with parsnips and stock, pureed with fresh parsley.

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Arugula Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Walnuts

EASY healthy, Arugula Salad with Beets, Goat Cheese, and Walnuts! With a simple lemon vinaigrette. Perfect combo!

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Cabbage

New England Boiled Dinner

New England boiled dinner, a one pot dish consisting of corned beef or plain brisket, cabbage, carrots and potatoes.

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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Hungarian stuffed cabbage rolls are hearty comfort food at its best! Cabbage leaves are stuffed with ground pork, onions, garlic, egg, rice, and spices, and braised in a tomato sauce.

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Radicchio

Roasted Butternut Squash Radicchio and Onion

Butternut squash, radicchio and onion roasted in the oven and tossed with olive oil, toasted pine nuts and grated cheese.

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Fennel, Radicchio, Endive Salad

A crunchy salad of radicchio, Belgian endive and sliced fennel served with a fennel dressing and grated parmesan cheese.

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Sweet Potatoes

Slow Cooker Chickpea Curry served in a bowl with spinach and rice

This Slow Cooker Chickpea Curry a "set it and forget it" meal. Just pile all the ingredients into the slow cooker and come back to a hot meal hours later. Soak your chickpeas overnight to make them extra tender.

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Easy Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries in a dish

These oven baked sweet potato fries are so addictive! Wedges of sweet potatoes, tossed with oil, sprinkled with spices, and baked at high heat until browned and crispy at the edges.

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Sweet Potato Waffles with Bacon, Scallions and Fried Eggs

Make these sweet potato waffles with fried egg, bacon, and scallions for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Great way to use up leftover sweet potatoes.

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Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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