Fresh produce has a prime time where their taste their best and are usually harvested. While certain seasons harvest tastier vegetables and fruits, they also produce seasonal produce that is the most nutritionally beneficial during certain periods of time. During the month of February, there are numerous fruits and vegetables are seasonally appropriate, but here are just a few of the best produce for the month of February.
Leeks are a member of the allium vegetable family, meaning they are composed of flavonoids and sulfur. While these vegetables are not commonly known, they contain anti-oxidants and vitamins that can help combat the flu. As a cousin of garlic and onions, leeks are best served when simply sautéed and added to any dish to add flavor.
Savoy cabbages are similar to ordinary green cabbage but have deeper green, wrinkled leaves and a nuttier flavor. This cabbage is welcome in soup and stir-fry to add an earthy flavor. When purchasing savoy cabbage at your local grocery store, ensure that they heads are compact at the center but are looser than traditional cabbage due to their wrinkles.
Oranges are abundant especially during the winter months, and February is no exception. Not only are they an excellent source of vitamin C, oranges provide an abundance of vitamins and minerals including vitamin B, fiber, and calcium. Oranges can be incorporated into your diet by consuming juices, smoothies, and salads. Simply by eating an orange right out of the peel, you can account for 130% of you vitamin C needs for the day.
As the winter season is coming to an end, warming winter vegetables such as squash, and brussel sprouts. Apples and pears are the most flavorful during this season so be sure to incorporate them into your favorite sweet treats.
We hope you try out some of these seasonal favorites during the month of February. Not only will they be the tastiest, eating local and seasonal produce offers the most health benefits.