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Our Guide to What's In Season... February

Written By My Farm Fresh Box

'Eating the seasons', is something we feel rather strongly about here at My Farm Fresh Box, so each month we will bring you an insight into which fruits and vegetables are currently in season so that you can buy the freshest, tastiest local produce to cook up in your farm fresh meals!

In addition to helping to support your local economy, reduce those air miles and CO2 emissions (why get your apples flown all the way from New Zealand when you can find juicy apples right on your doorstep?), eating food that is currently in season is not only fresher and tastier, but more nutritious too.


Let's take a look at what's in season throughout February...

KALE

Kale can be mixed into smoothies
Kale can be mixed into Smoothies

February (and the rest of the Winter Months) is a fantastic time to buy Kale as it is at this time of year that it really flourishes. Rich in Vitamins A, C & E, as well as Iron & Calcium, Kale is also low in calories and is the perfect ingredient for hearty winter salads or as an accompaniment to dishes such slow-cooked sausage stew, pasta, or herby roast chicken.

Try these tasty Kale recipe ideas this February...

  • Winter Kale and Quinoa Salad - mix in some dried cranberries, walnuts & pomegranate seeds and dress with apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard and honey!

  • Sausage, Cauliflower & Kale Pie - use puff pastry for a touch of luxury, and be generous with the rosemary seasoning.

  • Pasta With Kale and Walnut Pesto - this couldn't be simpler. Make up your pesto with Kale, toasted walnuts, parmesan cheese and garlic before mixing in with freshly cooked fusilli!

 

PURPLE SPROUTING BROCCOLI

Use In-Season Purple Sprouting Broccoli as a dip stick
Enjoy purple sprouting broccoli as a camembert dip stick!

Purple sprouting broccoli is another cruciferous food that not only boasts a number of health benefits, but one that has become somewhat 'trendy' of late. Boiled or steamed, it is perfectly paired with pretty much any meat or fish you can think of and is really simple to cook - ready in just a couple of minutes!

Try these tasty Purple sprouting broccoli recipe ideas this February...

  • Purple Broccoli Cheese Dippers - whilst not strictly a recipe, this is a lovely, simple way to enjoy seasonal purple sprouting broccoli. Bake some Camembert cheese and when it's ready, use fresh raw broccoli to scoop up the gooey goodness.

  • Purple Sprouting Broccoli with Blood-Orange Sauce - a Nigel Slater favourite, this little recipe features both a vegetable and a fruit that is in season in February. A side dish with a difference for any roast dinner, whisk up some egg yolks with butter and stir in orange zest, lemon juice, salt & pepper and a dollop of crème fraiche, steam the broccoli and serve atop fresh sourdough bread slices (lightly toasted).

 

LEEKS

Chicken and Leek Soup
Chicken and Leek Soup

Beautifully subtle and sweet, Leeks are a fantastic substitute for onions and as an accompaniment to potato and cheese dishes. Also packed with anti-oxidants and vitamins, Leeks are a popular winter ingredient thanks to the part it can play in keeping the common cold at bay. Great for the heart, just like its closely related friends garlic & onion, the Leek is extremely versatile and should keep in the fridge for around a week after picking.

Try these tasty Leek recipe ideas this February...

  • Creamy chicken, leek and potato casserole - simply par boil your potatoes and leeks, then pop into an ovenproof dish with chicken breasts, garlic clove, onion & fresh thyme. Crème fraiche completes the picture - stir it in, pop it in the oven and look forward to a comforting treat!

  • Leek and sweet potato soup - a smashing combination, and so simple - seasonal leeks, sweet potato, stock, and a dollop of cream for serving.

  • Leek & Blue Cheese Bites - Perfect for dinner parties or as a snack. Pop down to your local bakery for some fresh sourdough bread, mix some sliced leeks in the pan with a knob of butter and olive oil, season and spread over sliced bread and lightly toast under the grill. Then sprinkle with blue cheese and enjoy!

 

BRUSSEL SPROUTS

In Season this February - Brussel Sprouts
Brussel Sprouts Casserole

Love them or loathe them, there is no doubting the plentiful health benefits of these little green vegetables - a great source of Vitamins A and C, as well as fibre, iron and potassium. Not just for Christmas, Brussel sprouts can be served as a simple side dish, or integrated into casseroles and stir fries for that extra bit of green goodness. Contrary to popular beliefs, sprouts don't actually smell - not if they are fresh anyway - more reasons for shopping local when it comes to your produce!

Try these tasty Brussel Sprouts recipe ideas this February...

  • Garlic and White Wine Pasta with Sprouts - There is nothing like a bit of garlic and wine to suddenly make a meal interesting. Roast the sprouts until slightly crispy while you prepare the pasta and sauté the garlic. Add some wine, topped up with Almond milk, and whisk together with parmesan cheese. Season well and enjoy this delicious plate of comfort food.

  • Bacon & Sprout Gratin - another tasty dish to warm the heart. Pop the sprouts into some boiling water for a few minutes, then place into a casserole dish along with sautéed bacon, and almonds for a bit of crunch. Poor over some cream, some cheesy bread crumbs, stir and bake for around 20 minutes.

 

CELERIAC

Celeriac in season - perfect for mash!Celeriac in season - perfect for mash!

Celeriac is a root vegetable that is often feared by many - perhaps because of its odd pronunciation, and perhaps because of the way it looks. But believe us when we say that this derivative of wild celery omits a deliciously nutty flavour once cooked and is perhaps one of the most underrated vegetables around! Once the ends are chopped off and the skin is pealed, Celeriac is a lot less intimidating, so if you haven't already, give it a go and never look back.

Try these tasty Celeriac recipe ideas this February...

  • Simple Celeriac Mash - peel and chop the seasonal celeriac and boil for around 20 minutes. Mash with butter and season well with salt & pepper. This mash is perfect for dishing up alongside pork chops or sausage with a tangy apple gravy.

  • Celeriac and Walnut Ice Cream - away from the savoury dishes, this simple ice cream bursts with flavour. Peel and cube the celeriac, simmer in whole milk until soft, then puree. Pour over whisked egg yolks and sugar and blend together in a saucepan. Stir in some double cream, churn and chill. Freeze until solid and serve with a praline mixture made up of walnuts, sugar and salt.


If this article has inspired you, take a look at the 'pick your own' options for your next My Farm Fresh Box delivery, or order a pre-packed fruit box or veg box for your fix of seasonal fruit and vegetables. And be sure to check back next month for our guide to What's in Season... in March!

 

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