Save on In Season Produce in February
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Save on In Season Produce in February

Posted on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 at 12:57 pm
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You can get fresh produce for the lowest price of the year if you buy it while it is in season. Here is what to look for in February.You can save money on fresh produce if you buy it while it is in season. Some foods remain in season for a few months, while others have a shorter span of time while they are at the peak of freshness. Plan your meals to include some in season produce for variety and savings.

What’s in Season in February?

What’s still in season?
Many of the fruits and vegetables that were in season during January will remain in season through February. The growth cycle of plants doesn’t always match to what the calendar says. You can continue to enjoy oranges, grapefruits and tangerines through February. Each of these citrus fruits contains some vitamin C. Pears will also stay in season this month.

What about the vegetables? The ones that remain in season through both January and February are, once again, the veggies that people tend to have strong feelings about. You either love them or you hate them! These vegetables include: beets, Brussels sprouts, kale, rhubarb and sweet potatoes.

What is no longer in season?
Every month, there are some fruits and vegetables that go out of season. Their prices will go up until about a year from now (when they come into season again). It is possible to find some of these fruits and veggies at the grocery store – but the price could be higher now.

Apples are now out of season. Say goodbye to the pomegranates and passion fruits. Kiwi and satsumas are going to be harder to find.

Sadly, potatoes go out of season in February. Swede (which is something like a turnip) is also going out of season now. Other root vegetables, like the Jerusalem artichoke and celeriac go out of season in February. Chicory is also no longer in season.

What is newly in season for February?
Lemons are now in season. Those of you who live in a warm climate, and have a lemon tree in your yard, can expect to receive plenty of lemons in February.

Some root vegetables go into season during February. They include the turnip and parsnips. You might be able to substitute one of them for the root vegetables that are no longer in season.

Other new vegetable additions include arugula and lettuce. Use some of those in your salads instead of the kale that has gone out of season. Others include asparagus, cabbage, carrots, and celery (not to be confused with celeriac). Onions and shallots also are in season during February.

February is a good month to start using some fresh herbs in your cooking. Cilantro, dill, and fennel are now in season. Substitute the fresh versions for the dried ones you have been using.

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