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Discover the best seasonal produce to add to your February menu. Eat your way through our February produce guide, including the most delicious seasonal recipes to make this month with citrus fruit, broccoli, cabbage, root vegetables, and more.

An assortment of citrus, cruciferous vegetables, and root vegetables (seasonal produce for the month of February).

Just because your outdoor vegetable garden might be a bit quieter (or covered in snow) doesn’t mean you can’t fill up on fresh food. Every fruit and vegetable has a season, and some sturdy fruits and veggies thrive in the cooler weather come February.

Eating seasonal produce not only tastes better but it’s also more budget-friendly. So for your next round of meal prep or for inspiration for every meal of the day, consider stocking up on these fresh fruits and vegetables during your next supermarket run.

Table of Contents
  1. What’s in season in February?
  2. The Best Fruits and Vegetables to Eat in February
  3. Citrus Fruit Recipes
  4. Cruciferous Vegetable Recipes
  5. Root Vegetable Recipes

What’s in season in February?

  • Citrus fruit: From grapefruits and lemons to tangelos and tangerines, any and all citrus fruits shine in late winter. Try them in jams and jelly recipes, cakes and muffins, infused waters, and so much more.
  • Cruciferous vegetables: Also known as brassicas, the cruciferous vegetable family is full of nutrition all-stars that are proven to lower your risk for cancer. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, and turnips are also totally tasty and remarkably versatile. From stews to pastas to game-day menu-worthy dips, these vegetables can absolutely please picky eaters if you prepare them wisely.
  • Root vegetable: Snowy white-fleshed turnips, ruby-hued beets, pale yellow parsnips, and yellow-orange rutabagas can be mashed, stewed, roasted, scalloped and beyond. Celery root is excellent mashed (with or without potatoes), cut into chunks in stews, or sliced paper-thin for an ultra low-carb tortilla replacement.

The Best Fruits and Vegetables to Eat in February

Consider this your essential produce section shopping list for the month.

FruitsVegetables
Blood orangesBeets
GrapefruitsBroccoli
KumquatsBrussels sprouts
LemonsCabbage
LimesCauliflower
MandarinsCelery root
Meyer lemonsKale
OrangesLeeks
PummelosParsnips
TangelosRutabagas
TangerinesTurnips

Citrus Fruit Recipes

Get your fresh fruit fix with this collection of seasonal February recipes featuring sweet-tart fruits like lemons, grapefruit, tangerines, and oranges.

Citrus Salad
Citrus Salad with strawberries and pomegranate is healthful fruit salad elevated to a higher level, gorgeous enough for a special occasion yet easy to make.
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Citrus salad on a white plate.
Orange Marmalade
This Orange Marmalade recipe is made with ordinary oranges and lemons, and it’s as unfussy as it is delicious. It follows the "old fashioned" technique of sitting in a pot overnight, and every spoonful will make your morning toast sparkle.
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3 jars of homemade orange marmalade.
Margarita
A good Margarita needs no frills: just high-quality tequila, triple sec, and the freshest citrus juice. Simple syrup is optional, and use a blend of lemon and lime for deeper flavors.
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Two margaritas in blue-rimmed hand-blown Mexican margarita glasses.

Cruciferous Vegetable Recipes

Sneak these diverse vegetables into your menu this week through the easy winter recipes for broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Homemade Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are an ultra-cozy Dutch oven dinner idea. Learn how to make beef- and rice-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls on the stovetop, plus how to make baked Stuffed Cabbage Rolls and slow cooker Stuffed Cabbage Rolls all using the same simple formula.
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Stuffed cabbage rolls in a white baking dish.
Harvest Roasted Vegetables
An easy recipe for Harvest Roasted Vegetables with butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, cranberries, bacon, and walnuts. Your new favorite fall side dish!
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A serving of harvest roasted vegetables on a white plate.
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Slowly simmered and fall-apart tender, Corned Beef and Cabbage is a family-friendly comfort food dinner. Prepare this corned beef entree in the oven, on a stovetop, or in your slow cooker.
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Corned beef, cabbage and potatoes on a round platter.

Root Vegetable Recipes

For a main dish or crunchy side that will serve a crowd (and clean out the refrigerator), try the seasonal recipes for parsnips, rutabagas, leeks, and beets below.

Roasted Root Vegetables
This easy Roasted Root Vegetables recipe is the best way to eat the rainbow! The natural sugars in the vegetables caramelize to kid-friendly territory via this sheet pan side dish idea.
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Roasted root vegetables on a baking sheet.
How to Roast Beets
Roasting beets brings out their naturally sweet flavor better than any other cooking technique. It's easy to do and beets are plentiful year round, so you can toss them into your salads or enjoy them on their own.
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A platter of roasted golden beets, sliced and dressed with vinaigrette and fresh dill fronds.
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