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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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Beth Rutherford says …

Satsumas! Love the sharp citrus zing!

Abbie says …

I eat satsumas like candy. This is my favorite time of year not because of the holiday cheer, but because of the short window where the satsuma's tangy sweetness can make a dark winter day so bright!

deb says …

Clementines are darling, but Satsumas sound simply scrumptous!

Susan says …

Satsuma, hands down!!!

Jenny Engle says …

Clementines! You said it first, they are best eaten out of hand, sweet and not too acidic. Perfect for home lunch but also versatile in the kitchen.

Bayle Doetch says …

I love them both, the shape of a Satsuma is always adorable, but I'd have to pick clementines as they're more consistently delicious.

Haidée Virgo says …

I enjoy both, but have a predilection for a tart or even sour underbite to fruit so I tend to prefer , if I have to choose , satsumas , 'though they have been a much more recent discovery . And I , too , love the visual appeal of the leaves in tow. As a child I always got a " Christmas orange " or two in my " stocking " , but that was in the U.K. & they were ubiquitously referred to as mandarins.

Isabel Mac Leod says …

Clementines are my all time favorites!

Sue says …

In a rush and no time to eat? No worries, grab one or two clementines on your way out the door.

Carol Newby says …

HOORAY FOR CITRUS. I start each day with 1/2 juiced lemon in water, then I always eat a some kind of an orange or other citrus fruit. I love the Satsumas, and almost anything that resembles an orange. Grated orange peel dried in my EXCALIBUR FOOD DEHYDRATOR is a very welcome Christmas gift for my friends. I buy fancy small bottles for these gifts and attach a small booklet of recipes that I have made. THANKS for the extra ideas.

JEnny says …

Clementines make the absolute best office afternoon snack!

Nancy says …

I'm sweet on Satsumas because I can't stand sour fruits.

Marcia Lewis says …

Clementines bring back wonderful memories of celebrations in Toronto and Paris. As Westcoast children, my husband and I always had oranges from Japan as a special treat in the toe of our Christmas stockings and I looked for them when we were transferred to Toronto and spent our first Christmas with our young children far from friends and family. Our local produce man finally convinced me to try the clementines which were of course delicious. I learned a valuable lesson about being open to change and have since enjoyed the suggestions of food purveyors all over the world.

Marylou says …

Satsumas! My whole family loves them.

Sara S says …

Satsumas-- they are bold and bright!

Anabel says …

Clementines are my favorite hands down!

Jamie says …

Clementines because their peels are easy to rip.

ELIZABETH AITON says …

Every Christmas when my daughter visits from England she asks for Satsumas, but I have rarely been able to find them and she has to settle for Clementines. She adores Satsumas so I am delighted to hear that you have them this year and I can surprise my daughter!

Victoria says …

Although both are delicious, my favorite would have to be the clementine! I love the easy peel and sweetness! They are the perfect snack to eat out of hand, and I am always closer to my "eat five a day" when it's clementine season.

Demetris Graham says …

I love the clementines. I have never taste the satsumas. I am trying to incorporate more fruits in my family diet and clementines seem to be easy for our family. Because of their size and taste, my two daughters and husband can enjoy them in their lunch and I can balance my diet(trying to lose weight,lol).

Holly S. says …

I always look forward to Clementine season but would love to try a Satsuma when they are available!

Lily Kwan says …

I would choose Satsumas because I like bold and lively flavors.

Edna Kovitz says …

Clementines are my favorite. They are small and easy to eat on the run.

Marlena says …

Satsumas are my new go-to ingredient to add a kick of flavor to my holiday recipes. The zest adds just the right amount of flavor to desserts like pistachio cake, and the fruit adds interest to an otherwise boring salad. Love these!

lcherry1 says …

They are both sensational! Iook forward to them every year, but if I have to choose just one . . . . Satsuma!

Judy fitz says …

We wait all year for satsumas. Combination of satsumas, texas red grapefruits and cara cara orages is one of the best side dishes I know. Goes with everything.

Kelly says …

I love the clementines

Naomi Avery says …

Clementines are the bomb!! I could devour a bag a day!

Frank Umber says …

Hooray for Satsumas!

casey says …

clementines

Matthew Studer says …

Tough call... I love the Clementine seeing it's easier to find, but the harder-to-locate Satsuma is the king of the two in my book. The flavor trumps the clementine, and the richer oils in the peel make it great for zesting for desserts and cocktails. I wish I could find the Satsuma in more places seeing the Whole Foods in Nashville ain't in easy driving distance unlike the ones back home in Rhode Island. Still, I love going there. Whole Foods DEFINITELY trumps Kroger, Publix, etc. in the 'Best Supermarket' contest!

Amy says …

I love all things citrus.... so this was a difficult choice. I am going to have to say Clementines for their juicy sweetness. I have used a Satsuma Oil from The Body Shop for years so even though I chose the Clementine, both little beauty's can feel loved!

geoff says …

Satsumas, just simply prefer their flavor

Laura McIndoos says …

Satsumas! The queen of the citrus realm, and my lifelong favorite.

Jean Duff says …

Memories of Satsumas in my Christmas stocking makes them my winner.

Andrew Hall says …

Always had clementines in our stockings as kids. It isn't Christmas without them.

Amy says …

Satsuma's for me - I dig the tangy!

Eileen Morse says …

I love clementines!!!! Their size is the main reason I eat them.

Brett says …

Satsumas are my citrus champion because they're a double threat- sweet on the inside, useful tasty peel on the outside.

HJ Gillham says …

Satsumas are the best. I have a few every morning for breakfast. Sharper and more flavorful then clementines. Great in salads and the zest makes a great garnish.

Susan Farris says …

Satsumas are amazing! This is one of my favorite times of year because of the citrus

Susan Farris says …

Satsumas are amazing! This is one of my favorite times of year because of the citrus

Kaila Aebi says …

Clementines. I love to snack on them when they are in season!

Mary Beth says …

Two words: clementine marmalade. One of the most delicious things I've ever made - and it was a very popular holiday gift for my friends!

Frances says …

We LOVE clementines! So sweet and easy to peel. My husband is a diabetic and likes to carry a clementine or so in his pocket. When he feels like his sugar is dropping, he simply peels it and eats! Instant (temporary) fix! Clementines have a longer season, so he likes them better.

Amy Murphy says …

Clementines

Marilyn McDermott says …

I love clementines and how easy they are to tote along with me. I love to stash a few in the car so that we always have a healthy snack at the ready in these colder autumn days. I also put one in my pocket running out the door in the morning when I drive my daughter to school, and give one to her & my son. Such an energy ball of citrus! One of my favorite cold weather fruits! We go through a couple of those crates a week!

Barb says …

Clementines are the perfect healthy snack! Just sweet enough.

Gay Busi says …

These are the best critus wonders. Different sizes and the look so unique. The suprise is when you peel them and the unbelievable sweet taste. The peel almost comes off by itself. Tried Satsumas beginning of Dec at the Rockville store. The big display caught my eye the price scared me seemed expensive, I purchased 2 to try. I am now leaving to refill my house. Everyone who has one wants more. They almost melt in your mouth, no seeds and the membrain disappears to sweet delicioius wonderment. I have not found them at any other market in my area. I hope they have a long season. Thanks

mericemnat says …

I love satsumas. My in laws live in Long Beach, California, and when I was pregnant with my daughter I ate most of the satsuma crop from the tree in their back yard. Being able to go out in the back yard to pick oranges, satsumas, loquats and Meyer lemons seems like such a treat to me, a native of Wisconsin!

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