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Everybody Wins in this Citrus Showdown

Citrus ShowdownUPDATE: Thanks to everyone that entered! Congratulations to our winners: Richard S., Brett H., Brenda S., Toni F., Eunice L., The Dickersons, Brian H., Julie B., Isabel M., and Sarah M.

It may be the most wonderfully delicious time of the year – that’s how the song goes, right? – but it’s also becoming the coldest and darkest time of the year too.

That’s why I’m grateful for seasonal citrus. Despite common beliefs, winter is the time for citrus. From tangy Satsumas to tart limes to juicy Tangelos, peak of the season citrus adds flavor bursts to salads, cocktails, baked goods, sauces, vinaigrettes and more. You could say it not only brightens your dishes but your days. Thank you, Mother Nature!

CITRUS SHOWDOWN

This season we’ve got a battle of epic flavor featuring two of our favorite citrus superstars – Satsuma v Clementine – and we need your help to pick the season’s champion.

 

In this corner: Clementine “Main Squeeze”

Clementines are the most well-known mandarin, and for good reason. They are seedless, easy to peel and perfect for both kids and adults.

Flavor: Simple and delightfully sweet with a less acidic finish

Character: Flatter shape, tight leathery rind

Origins: California, Spain and Morocco

Uses: These are perfect for eating out of hand. The mild sweetness pairs well with other simple flavors. Use juice instead of water in baking for extra citrus flavor. Add chopped sections or zest to salads, cookies and granola. They are great for giving as gifts too!

In this corner: Satsuma “The Puma”
Think of Satsuma as clementine’s lively cousin; they’re seedless and easy to peel but bolder in flavor. Gaining quickly in popularity, their peak season is just six to eight weeks, so get ‘em while you can…then enjoy soon after purchase because they’re best when eaten right away!

Flavor: Intense, tangy and sweet with a bright and lively finish

Character: Thinner, loose rind, distinct “top knot”  

Origins: California and Florida

Uses: The bold taste is perfect for adding extra zip to recipes. The peel is delicate and packed with flavor — to zest, peel with a vegetable peeler first, then chop finely. Add sections, juice or zest to desserts, mixed drinks and salads. They’re delicious eaten out of hand too.

Take some home and do a taste test with friends and family. Enjoy them straight out of the peel try them in these recipes that put citrus in the limelight.


MAKE THE MOST OF SEASONAL CITRUS

CitrusBesides cooking with citrus, here are a few more of my favorite ways to use every last bit of these winter gems.

  • Zest it. Add zing to baked goods, stir-fries or stews. 
  • Juice it. What could be better than a fresh glass of juice in the morning?
  • Dry it. Bake peels on the lowest possible heat until dry but still pliable. Use to flavor black tea, roasted chicken or braised meats.
  • Freeze it. Freeze citrus juice or zest until you’re ready to use it.
  • Candy it. Garnish desserts and cocktails with candied peels or enjoy them as a sweet snack.

Don’t limit citrus to the kitchen either. Citrus can successfully be incorporated into your holidays in many ways  - think table arrangements, homemade ornaments, and gifts like a basket of whole citrus or jar of citrus salt.

Do you clamor for clementines or are you sweet on Satsumas? Tell us which one is your citrus champion and why in the comments below. Enter your comment by Wednesday, December 12 and we’ll pick ten winners at random to receive a case of their citrus champion of choice – clementines or Satsumas

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends December 12, 2012, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

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Ameesh Bhandari says …

Great info

Sarah says …

I love clementines because they make a great addition to any salad and they also make a tasty afternoon snack !

joan says …

Clementines all the way. Nothing like a box of those sweet little juicies!

Linda Pitt says …

I choose Satsuma....the TANGIER the BETTER!!

Coleen says …

I will take a clementine over satsuma - but I love both. Clementines, well frankly because they are sweeter and who can resist singing, "oh my darlin Clementine" every time you bite into one.

Beverly says …

I've got to go with both because it really just depends on my mood.

rob says …

clementines, they are easier to eat for a quick treat - plus sweeter!

ronda garnett says …

clementines...easy for kids to peel and easy to incorporate into other recipes

Kathy says …

I like clementines - historically, when I taught preschool, the children could peel them "all by themselves," giving them a great sense of accomplishment. Now, in a different job,I take them to work as a treat for my co-workers, and they are always appreciated!

Melissa Loper says …

I prefer clementines because they're sweet, mild and the perfect snack size.

Cheri Dahl says …

I love them both but seems it is easier to find clementines locally. I carry them with me for snacking on the go and always have them on hand when they are in season. They are addictive ~ I can eat several without thinking twice about it. If I have to choose - my vote is for CLEMENTINES!

Christi Thames says …

Why choose? I like them both! But if this were my 6-year-old answering, he would vote for the clementine and its sweetness. :)

GAIL WILLIAMS says …

ORANGES KEEP THE SUNSHINE IN THE WINTER MONTHS.......A GREAT PICK ME UP

Liz says …

I prefer clementines. I personally like both but it's easier to get my kids on board with sweeter clementines.

Anna Anghioiu says …

I love everything about citrus fruits! But my favorite is the satsuma!

Larry Sturgeon says …

I prefer Clementines, mainly because of the size. They're quick to peel and pop into your mouth so easily.

Lori Bolsinger Harrington says …

Satsumas are my all time favorite citrus fruit and they remind me of Christmas. I recently moved here from the West Coast where Satsumas were everywhere this time of year. I was disappointed last year when Satsumas weren't showing up in stores the way I was use to. Last weekend my husband and I were in Whole Foods Virginia Beach and to my surprise, there they were! Satsumas! It made my weekend. We bought a bunch and my husband fell in love with them too. Juicy, sweet, little balls of orange sunshine. We are going back to the store tomorrow to buy more. It will be a perfectly Satsuma Christmas this year! Thank you Whole Foods. <3

Justeen Kim says …

Satsumas! I love the bold flavor, and they're easier to peel!

Sarah says …

I love clementines! I eat 3-5 at a time during the season, I feel like it's my own little taste of summer in windy Chicago.

coni guerin says …

hope to win some clementines. yum!

coni guerin says …

would love to win some clementines

Tasha says …

Clementines are my historical choice. I was only introduced to satsumas a few years ago, but they won out! I love how easy they are to peel and find them consistently delicious. Sometimes clementines are bland, it really depends on the box.

sarah says …

satsuma's! not only do they look beautiful in my fruit bowl with their green stem + leaves, but their flavor is out of this world. i get so happy when i see satsuma season arrive at the market!

marsha fratkin says …

I prefer Clementine because they are more available and with a longer season.

Kate Wallace says …

I absolutely love clementines. Their sweetness is such a contrast to all of the hearty flavors of winter vegetables. Besides, who can say no when they are so much easier to peel than other citrus? I like to keep a bowl on the table and guests can snack on something other than chips and dip while socializing!

Annette Moulder says …

I would have to say that I love the clementines because of my grandmother always bought several cases every Christmas to share with the family. The holiday season is not the same without that wonderful scent of the peels and that juicy flavor. Yummmmmm....

anne elmlinger says …

Satsumas - nice big juicy sections with bright flavor but not too acidic. Find them easier to peel than clementines. LOVE them!!!! Will try using the peel as well.

annette.moulder says …

I have to say that I love the clementines because my grandmother used to buy several cases of clementines to share with the family during the holiday season. I love the smell and juicy flavor of the clementines. It's not the holiday season without them.

Mary Hale says …

I love clementines because they are so easy to peel and are a great snack to take to work.

allij says …

My son loves Clementines because they are handy, easy to peel, and have no seeds. They are plain delicious!

Dawn U says …

Love clementines

Eunice Lee says …

Clementines is the winner in our household. The kids love them and easy to eat.

Priscilla says …

Clementines are my all time favorite!

Diane says …

Love them both! Easy to peel, sweet and delicious!

Aimee Josephus says …

I prefer satsumas over clementines although they're both delicious. I think satsumas are a little sweeter and that's just wghat I'm looking for in the middle of winter. Yum!

amy says …

I love them both!

Marcia Miller says …

Satsumas get the big "yes".

Vaeda B says …

It's so hard to choose because I love both and live in New Orleans where there are Satsuma trees all around me! If I have to pick though, it would have to be clementines because they are a little bit sweeter and easy to peel and eat when you're in a rush. I just love the flavor of clementines! :)

Susie Baechle says …

I didn't know they were different! Thanks for the explanation!

Irene says …

Satsuma

Kelly Reynolds says …

We all love Satsumas in this house!

Jan Allington says …

Clementines win for me. As a kid, I remember knowing it was Christmas because we got clementines as a special treat. They were expensive and only available for a week or so. They were imported from Spain or Morocco, and I still have not found anything quite so good in citrus.

Crystal Ellis says …

I LOVE CLEMENTINES!!! They are so cute and sweet and easy to peel. I wanted to name my daughter Clementine (not because I'm weird, just because I think it's cute) but the Mr. said, "No." :(

Marsha Juozaitis says …

I love the satsuma especially for fresh juice. I also make pomanders by sticking lots of whole cloves in the skin and tie with a festive ribbon for oranaments and centerpieces,,awesome aroma!!!

Sharon says …

I didn't realize top knot Satsumas were different than clementines. I just thought they were a different type of the same thing. I'd go for the clementines. :-)

Nicole says …

I have never tried a Satsuma, but they sound like they would be wonderful to cook with! I would love to try them!

Kim Menaster says …

Satsumas! The juice is perfect in salad dressings!

Iris Gonzalez says …

This one is easy for me,Clemintine , makes me happy!

Amber Kidwell says …

Clementines will always be my favorite - amazing flavor in a little tiny package!

Traean Aldan says …

Have only ever eaten clementines. Never even heard of satsumas, going to whole foods tomorrow to pick some up. I love trying new things I've never eaten

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