Believe it or not, there are several fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season during the chilly month of February—plus, there are many benefits to eating produce in season!
Produce in season is often cheaper, more flavorful, and may be more nutritious, talk about a good deal (for your wallet and health). We have compiled a list of fruits and vegetables during February along with an accompanying recipe to make your grocery shopping trip easier.
Beets are a beautiful deep red root vegetable containing small amounts of potassium, vitamin C, and protein. Beets are a great way to add color and nutrition to any meal. Try them roasted, on salads, or pickled for even more flavor. For a fun Valentine’s Day dish, make this salad and cut beets using a small heart shaped cookie cutter!
Broccoli and Cauliflower
Broccoli and cauliflower are what we call cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables are full of health-promoting qualities like fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Interestingly, they are also rich sources of plant compounds that may reduce the risk of certain cancers. Adding more cruciferous vegetables to your diet is never a bad idea! Try these Veg Steaks with Avocado-Tomatillo Sauce for a fun and different way to eat broccoli and cauliflower.
The best time to make lemonade is not in the summer, it’s in the winter! Oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes are in season during the months of November to March. What a wonderful way to enjoy a burst of sunshine in the middle of winter! Plus, citrus fruits are an excellent source of vitamin C. There are a variety of ways to enjoy citrus, whether squeezed, zested, or peeled. Try these Citrus Soaked Chicken Tacos to incorporate more citrus this February.
Avocados are a versatile green fleshed fruit (that’s right, fruit!) Native to Mexico, they are a nutrient-dense food packed with heart-healthy fats. Mash them up, blend them in smoothies, or enjoy them with chips and salsa—the possibilities are endless. For a little twist on your classic avocado toast, try this Whipped Avocado Spread on top instead.
Mushrooms are a unique item in the produce section because they are a fungus, not a vegetable. However, they are still packed with vitamins and minerals like selenium, potassium, and B vitamins. Mushrooms also have a wonderful umami taste that enhances flavor and satisfaction. They pair deliciously with a variety of foods, try these Shrimp and Goat Cheese Stuffed Portabellos for a yummy combination!
Enjoy what is grown in season, it’s both tasty and good for you. For additional ideas on eating seasonal produce, contact your dietitian at firstname.lastname@example.org.