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Winter food — what to make in February

Looking for popular winter food for February? Find some fun, fresh ideas from our list of seasonal fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood. Need even more ideas? You can also check out our list of food holidays for February.

Strawberries and more exotic fruits like starfruit, kiwi and kumquat should be available in February and will make a nice complement to all the caramel and cream-filled chocolates and heart-shaped candies that will literally be falling off the shelves for Valentine’s Day. Speaking of falling, homemade passionfruit syrup and a lot of rum make a terrific Hurricane for a, uhm, lively, Mardi Gras celebration.

February Food Ideas

Almonds, avocados, bacon, bagels, baked Alaska, bananas, blood oranges, bubble gum, carrot cake, chili, chocolate, crawfish, dumplings, fondue, Frankfurters, Girl Scout cookies, grapefruit, gumdrops, Jell-O, kiwano, kumquat, Meyer lemons, niangao (sticky cake), Nutella, oatmeal, oranges, long noodles, pancakes, pistachios, pomegranate, pomelos, potatoes, shrimp, soba, sticky buns, starfruit, strawberries, stuffed mushrooms, Super Bowl snacks, sweet potatoes

February Drink Ideas

Barleywine, bordeaux blend, cabernet sauvignon, daiquiri, deauville, grasshopper, holiday ales, Hurricanes, kahlua, malbec, margaritas, oaked chardonnay, porters, Ramos Gin Fizz, Scotch ale, smoked rauchbier, sazerac, sparkling wine, stouts, syrah, winter beer, zinfandel

Seasonal Fruit

  • Almonds
  • Asian pears
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Cactus pears
  • Cherimoya
  • Coconut
  • Dates
  • Grapes
  • Grapefruit
  • Guava
  • Key limes
  • Kiwano
  • Kiwi
  • Kumquats
  • Lemon
  • Apples
  • Lime
  • Mandarins
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Passionfruit
  • Pears
  • Pecans
  • Persimmons
  • Pineapple
  • Pistachios
  • Pomelos
  • Raspberries
  • Starfruit
  • Strawberries
  • Tangelos
  • Tangerine
  • Texas red grapefruit
  • Tomatoes
  • Ugli fruit
  • Walnuts

Seasonal Vegetables

  • Acorn squash
  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Bell peppers
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli rabe/Rapini
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Butternut squash
  • Cabbage
  • Cardoons
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Collard greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Dandelion greens
  • Delicata squash
  • Endive
  • Escarole
  • Fava greens
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Green beans
  • Herbs
  • Horseradish
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Jicama
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lambsquarters
  • Leeks
  • Mizuna
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard Greens
  • Nettles
  • Onions
  • Orach
  • Parsnip
  • Pea shoots
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Radicchio
  • Radishes
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Rutabagas
  • Salsify
  • Scallions
  • Shallots
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Sunchokes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tatsoi
  • Turnips
  • Watercress
  • Winter squash
  • Zucchini

Seasonal Meat & Seafood

  • Tuna
  • Calamari squid
  • Catfish
  • Clams
  • Cod
  • Crawfish
  • Crawfish
  • Dungeness crab
  • Sole
  • Grouper
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Mussels
  • Oysters
  • Quail
  • Rabbit
  • Trout
  • Red Snapper
  • Salmon
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp
  • Swordfish
  • Venison
  • Tilapia

Food in italic is entering or leaving their peak season, or may only be available in limited quantities. Food in bold is available all year long, but may not consist of one species (for instance, tilapia is a common term for nearly a hundred different cichlid fish) or be imported from different regions of the world at different times of the year (avocados, pineapples) and therefore may have different flavors and characteristics.

Also, please note: While almost all fruits and vegetables, meat and seafood are available in some preserved form out of season and many of the most popular are effectively in season year round, the availability and quality of seasonal foods can vary dramatically according to species, region and natural circumstances (like weather and disease).

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