Wondering what vegetables to eat in February? This produce guide highlights all of the best foods in season in February. Learn how to use them in recipes and build a one-week meal plan.
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Happy February, Veg World! While this month is typically marked by cold temps and winter blues, there’s also a lot to look forward to in these 28 days. February is an awesome time for seasonal produce. In fact, some of my favorite veggies are in peak season right now.
In this guide, I highlight 10 of my favorite foods in season in February. Be sure to check out the meal plan at the end of the post for tips on how to celebrate February produce to the fullest! Plus, you can read my posts on Foods in Season in January and March for more winter vegetable inspiration.
Beets are a great vegetable to eat more of in February. With their bright red color, they’re perfect for celebrating American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day! But remember — beets of all colors are fair game, too!
Here are the best ways to eat beets in February:
- Naturally Pink Beet Waffles
- Beet and Fennel Salad with Citrus Dressing
- Fudgy Beet Brownies
- Rosemary Honey Slow Cooker Beets
Cauliflower shows up in everything these days — pizza crust, crackers, pasta, and more. While I’m always on board with people eating more vegetables, I like recipes that focus on highlighting, rather than hiding, cauliflower.
The many iterations of cauliflower that exist on the market have made one thing clear, though. Cauliflower is a highly versatile vegetable. This holds true when preparing it in your home kitchen, too. You can roast it whole, slice it into “steaks,” and, thanks to its fairly bland taste, season it in countless ways.
Here are the best ways to eat cauliflower in February:
- Vegan Cauliflower Steak with Lemon Parsley Tahini
- Baked Whole Cauliflower with Cheese
- Cauliflower al Pastor Bowls
- Vegan Cauliflower and Parsnip Soup
Celeriac, also known as celery root, is a unique winter vegetable that you have to try! It appears in CSA boxes a lot during this time of year and is becoming increasingly available at grocery stores.
Tastewise, celeriac tastes similar to celery, even though it’s not actually the root of celery stalks. You can use it in soups, stews, mashes, and other recipes that call for root vegetables or potatoes.
Here are the best ways to eat celeriac in February:
- Creamy Celeriac Mash
- Celeriac and Parsnip Soup with Fried Sage
- Celeriac and Apple Soup with Crispy Chickpeas
The chicory family of vegetables includes leafy veggies like Belgian endive, curly endive, escarole, and radicchio. They are known for their bitter taste. As such, they need to be prepared in the right way. When paired with the correct seasonings, like a flavorful dressing, chicories are irresistible.
Here are the best ways to eat chicory vegetables in February:
- Stuffed Endive Appetizer with Blue Cheese and Apple
- White Beans and Escarole
- Kale Radicchio Salad with Sourdough Croutons
- Roasted Radicchio with Strawberry Balsamic Reduction
The licorice-like taste of fennel makes some people shy away from it, but I’m here to tell you that fennel deserves a spot on your February menu! Roasting or otherwise cooking this bulbous vegetable subdues the anise flavor and makes it irresistible. If you don’t mind the taste, I encourage you to try it raw (so good)!
When choosing fennel, look for bulbs that are unblemished and firm. Typically, only fennel bulbs are used in recipes and the stalks are discarded. The wispy strands attached to the stalks — called fronds — can and should be used as a seasoning or garnish.
Here are the best ways to eat fennel in February:
- Fennel and Leek Soup with Potatoes
- Coconut Cod with Fennel and Spinach
- Lemony Fennel Lentil Salad with Parsley
- Healthy Fennel Stew with Shrimp
- Warm Fennel Salad with Grapes and Feta
Onions show up in countless recipes in the Veg World. They’re one of the main components of mirepoix for soups and add base flavor to curries, casseroles, salsas, and salads.
But onions can also shine as the star of the show! I love finding ways to center recipes around onions instead of just using them as a supporting ingredient. It’s a lot of fun to cook this way and can help you use up leftover onions you have on hand.
Here are the best ways to eat onions in February:
- Vegetarian French Onion Soup with Lentils
- Whole Roasted Onions
- Caramelized Onion White Bean Dip
- Crispy Baked Onion Rings
Parsnips are another hidden gem of my favorite foods in season in February. They’re sweet and flavorful and delicious and pretty and…OK, I’ll stop. You get the picture! If you find yourself with a lot of parsnips from a CSA box or your backyard winter harvest, check out my tutorial on How to Freeze Parsnips.
Here are the best ways to eat parsnips in February:
- Amazing Apple Parsnip Muffins
- Parsnip Pasta with Garlic Thyme Breadcrumbs
- Spiced Parsnip and Apple Baked Oatmeal
Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew! There are endless ways to enjoy potatoes. They’re hearty and delicious no matter how you prepare ’em.
Classic Russet potatoes are, of course, delicious, but there are a lot of other varieties to try in the winter. Purple potatoes have the most gorgeous color, while fingerling potatoes get extra crispy and delicious when roasted. Tater tots are also fair game! 😉
Here are the best ways to eat potatoes in February:
- Baked Potato Bar with Healthy Toppings
- Potato Leek Pizza on Pita
- Mashed Purple Potatoes
- Healthy Tater Tot Casserole with Veggies
You may be thinking — what is this alien-like vegetable?! Romanesco might just be the prettiest vegetable! Its florets have such an intricate pattern and a bright, yellow-green color. This veggie is related to broccoli and cauliflower and tastes the most similar to cauliflower.
Depending on your location, you might receive it in your CSA box during this time of year. However, it’s becoming increasingly available. Many readers have spotted it at Whole Foods and other major grocery stores.
Here are the best ways to eat romanesco in February:
- Garlic and Lemon Roasted Romanesco
- Greek Romanesco and Orzo Salad from my cookbook (this is one of my top 5 favorite recipes from the cookbook!)
Rutabaga, also known as swede, is a hearty root vegetable that’s in season in February. It tastes and looks similar to a turnip but has a less bitter flavor. Just like other root vegetables, rutabaga can be served raw or cooked and used in mashes, soups, and salads.
Here are the best ways to eat rutabaga in February:
- Baked Rutabaga Fries with Zesty Cashew Dipping Sauce
- Raw Rutabaga Salad with Apples
- Breakfast Rutabaga Noodles
- Herbed Carrot and Swede Mash
February Meal Plan
Want to eat more of the foods in season in February but not sure where to start? I put together this one-week meal plan to highlight how to eat seasonal produce 5 nights a week. You can use this outline as inspiration or follow it exactly as written. I hope you love February vegetables as much as I do!
- Monday: Vegetarian French Onion Soup with Lentils
- Tuesday: Cauliflower al Pastor Bowls
- Wednesday: Coconut Cod with Fennel and Spinach
- Thursday: White Beans and Escarole
- Friday: Breakfast Rutabaga Noodles
What are you cooking this month? Let the Veg World know in the comments! And while you’re here, subscribe to the weekly newsletter for more seasonal veggie inspiration.