Even though many fruits and vegetables can be found in supermarkets all year round, that does not mean that all groceries are always in season.

In February, you have a great opportunity to include in your meals: brussels sprouts, cauliflower, blood oranges and lemon. During this, as we like to say, short month I have also prepared recipes which include these fruits and vegetables.

You have two types of people: those who love brussels sprouts and those who claim to hate it. I say claim to hate it, because they have probably faced with overcooked brussels sprouts. If these veggies are prepared correctly, they will be perfectly tender inside and crunchy on the outside. They can be prepared as a side dish, with chopped hazelnuts or sesame seeds or they can be prepared as a main meal with other vegetables. When buying them, take smaller, firm brussels sprouts with green leaves. Before preparing them, you need to put them in warm water for 10 minutes in order for insects (if there are any) to get out, and then rinse out the sprouts under water. In general, you need to cook them 6-12 minutes in boiling water and they are done.

Cauliflower is great for soups and veggie stews. Its preparation is short, you need to cook it only for 5 minutes. If you would cook it longer, the cauliflower will lose 30-40% of its nutritious ingredients. The best preparation of cauliflower in order to get the most out of its nutrients is to cook it or put it on the grill. It is interesting that cauliflower goes well with spices such as turmeric, chilli and ginger. Cauliflower is a great source of vitamin C, folic acid and potassium and a good source of proteins, magnesium and vitamins B2 and B3. In the past 3 months cauliflower has grown in order to provide us all its flavours in February.

I adore citruses and blood oranges in particular. The fact is that real “bloody” oranges are in season just in February. They are smaller in size than regular oranges and if they are red inside you will see it on the skin as well. In general, blood oranges are sweeter than other oranges. They are a great source of antioxidants and they go well with salads and of course with desserts and beverages.

I believe that lemon is a regular grocery in every household. Since I was little, I can remember that we always had lemonade in our house. In the wintery February, lemon will certainly brighten up everyday life. Lemon is an addition to desserts, salads, but they can also be pickled. My sweet recipes frequently include lemon, so expect many recipes with lemon this month (and the following months too).