bunch of ripe rhubarb

With chilly temperatures and wintry weather, February is a month of hardy veg that work well in wholesome, comforting dishes. Think mashed potato, cheesy leek gratin or classic cabbage and bacon combos.

Here are three fantastic February ingredients, in season right now, and our favourite ways to cook them.

Leeks

pan of cooked cheesy leeks, in season in February

Fragrant and versatile, leeks are at their best in the early months of the year. Use them as a base in soups or make them the hero and serve in this indulgent three-cheese dish!

Rhubarb

tub of rhubarb sorbet with a scoop taken out of it, in season in February

Forced rhubarb is grown indoors over winter, and has stunning delicate pink spears. Enjoy the gorgeous colour in dishes such as this rhubarb sorbet, or stick to the unbeatable combo of rhubarb crumble with homemade custard.

Venison 

plate of carpaccio with baked shallots, in season in February

It’s the middle of the UK game season, so look out for venison at your local butchers or farmers market. This lovely carpaccio recipe also celebrates horseradish – another seasonal highlight in February.

Feeling inspired? Take a look at our series of Seasonal features.