What is in season in the UK in February? Eating local, seasonal produce all year

We’re very lucky in the UK that it’s possible to find and eat locally-produced fresh food all year round. Even in February, when you’d think that most fruits and vegetables would be imported. Read on to find out what’s in season in the UK in February.

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January 29, 2021

What is in season in the UK in February – fruit

Here are some of the fruits that are in season in the UK in February:

  • Apples
  • Pears 
 
uk apples in season in February

 

If you’re buying a lot of UK-grown apples at the moment, you’ll probably get bored with eating them on their own or in crumbles eventually. So check out this list of apple-based recipes for inspiration.

What is in season in the UK in February – vegetables

Seasonal vegetables are still plentiful in February. The following vegetables are in season in the UK in February:
 
  • Beetroot
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Celeriac
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Red cabbage
  • Rhubarb (forced*)
  • Swede
  • Turnips
  • Winter squash
 

*If you’re unfamiliar with the term “forced”, this is the practice of growing plants in the dark, sometimes with a little warmth, to replicate optimum conditions and encourage them to grow before they would usually grow outside. The true, field-grown rhubarb season actually begins next month so you don’t have long to wait for the non-forced version.

Rhubarb is a vegetable but it’s often prepared in sweet dishes rather than savoury. If you’d like to give a savoury dish a go, this rhubarb and cinnamon red lentil curry is delicious and warming.

 

What’s in season in the UK in February – meat, fish & seafood.

The majority of British meats and fish are farmed year-round, but you’ll find better prices and quality by sticking to what’s in season.

Be careful to make sure that what you buy is sustainably-sourced as well as locally-produced, especially when fish is concerned. A good place to start is the Marine Conservation Society’s Good Fish Guide. It’s also good to double-check what’s available as close to you as possible. This is because fish and seafood seasons can vary slightly depending on where in the UK you live.

Here’s what’s in season in the UK in January when it comes to meat, fish and seafood:

Meat

  • Duck
  • Guinea fowl
  • Pheasant

For a simple but slightly more decadent version of a Thai red curry, this duck-based version is delicious and really quick for a weeknight dinner.

Fish & seafood

  • Bass
  • Bream
  • Clams
  • Cod
  • Coley
  • Lemon sole
  • Mackerel
  • Mussels
  • Pollock
  • Scallops
  • Whiting

 

More sustainable eating ideas

Now you’ve got your hands on all those seasonal ingredients, download the Ailuna app and take a dare to build some waste-free eating habits.
 

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