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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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Julia says …

Clementines all the time!!

Andrea W says …

Clementines. So easy to carry and even easier to peel and eat.

Sarina Hatch says …

I prefer to eat clementines out of hand but, satsumas to use in Salads and recipes.

Carol Patterson says …

Love the fact that Satsumas come from the USA!! Go Satsumas!

Emily says …

Clementines are the best!! I eat at least one everyday!!!!!

Kathy says …

I love all citrus this time of year! Between clementines and satsumas, I prefer satsumas. I often have a bowl of them on our dining room table. They just brighten winter for us.

Gretchen says …

I just prefer the flavor of Satsumas. Planning to make candied orange peels for Christmas.

Gretchen says …

I just prefer the flavor of Satsumas. Planning to make candied orange peels this Christmas.

Dan says …

Clementines are the perfect snack.

Rebecca Zornes says …

Satsumas are my fave!!

Pamela H. says …

Clementines. Love the cuties.

Brenda S. says …

Clementines are what we usually have available here. We would love to try satsumas.

Irene says …

I've always loved clementines. They are small easy to open and a great sweet treat

KRIS OTTO says …

I love clementines; they are a perfect snack in hand....love this time of year!

Lauren Pietz says …

Clementines because they are easy to peel and make perfect snacks!

Candie Crandall-Collier says …

I really like them both, but I prefer the satsuma! I just enjoy the vibrant taste and the enjoyable texture. Would love to have a case of these. I think they stay fresh longer, too. Clementines tend to get a little mushy as they age.

Holly A. says …

Nothing beats a sweet Clementine!

Debbie West says …

For the sake of patriotism to my home State.....Satsumas, they are everywhere when in season! I love the taste of both, but loyal to the Satsuma!

Charlotte Simmons says …

I'll take the satsuma! Florida native that I am, and oh how yummy!

Katheryn says …

Clementines win every time. They are such a welcome part of the season!

Lisa L Riseman says …

We love clementines in our house. Those small citrus fruits are sweet and so portable.

Jacquie says …

I love clementines but I have never had a Satsuma yet. Would love to try one after reading the comments!

Karina Wright says …

Sweet Clementines, (because they're so yummy/sweet), but only because I haven't tried Satsumas, they sound bold and delicious though! ;)

Stephanie says …

I like Clementines because it's easier to eat a lot of them one after another!

Libby Wilson says …

Satsumas are the clear winners to me! I love eating seasonal fruits and veggies and I think these little gems represent the holiday season. I use the zest with a little nutmeg on top of scones for a cold-weather treat! Yum!

Merle says …

I seriously LIVE clementines! Nature's candy! To me, they're like a bag of chips for others, I can have just one !!!!

Lisa Pineau says …

I like clementines best because they are mild enough to chow down just after rising in the morning, and easy enough to peel still in bed if having a lazy day. Clementines mildness is just my favorite although the peel is a tad harder to peel, they are worth it and last a long time.

Shawn says …

Gotta go with the clementine! My 21 month old loves how easy they are to peel and the smile on his face when he eats one is priceless!

Tony D, says …

I grew up eating Clementines but about 10 years ago was given a bag of Satsuma from Snow's Citrus up in Newcastle. My family and I finished those 10 lbs. in 2 days and wanted more! Every year, I make it a point to go and get 20 lbs.of Satsuma for the family. Satsuma is the BEST!! :-)

Jacinth says …

My champion is the Satsuma, also known as the Christmas orange. It is so special even just because its season is so fleeting, you must catch them while you can, they are magical. Also, Satsumas can be of variable quality, they are very delicate, so being able to purchase them at Whole Foods takes away any concerns. I like making upside down cakes (like a pineapple upside down, but with Satsuma), and also pie (akin to Shaker, but with Satsuma instead of lemon.) It is imperative to have a quality chef's knife in order to slice the Satsumas paper thin.

j.J. says …

Satusmas all the way. They are easier to peel and cleaner to eat in my opinion. Plus they are more exotic tasting!

frank penczek says …

clementines are my favorite for their taste.

frank penczek says …

clementines are my favorite for their taste.

David says …

clementines

Suzanne says …

Clementines I like the taste

Roxane Read says …

I love clementines. I think they have the best and sweetest flavor.

Celeste says …

Definitely clementines! Eating them takes me back to my childhood and watching Huckleberry Hound cartoons as he sang "Oh my darlin' oh my darlin' oh my darlin' Clementine".

Rosemary says …

Satsumas top out list! We simmer the peels with a little cinnamon on the stove.

Sharon says …

I like clementines better. I like to slice them into very thin rounds, and serve in a salad with pomegranate seeds, goat cheese and endive. When sliced thinly, their peel is very tasty and adds a nice bitterness to the salad.

Maryellen Kunkel says …

Clementines are always the family favorite!

Molly says …

Satsumas, especially the ones that lovingly grow in my yard! They are so small and sweet, like candy.

Iain Kilpatrick says …

My girlfriend loves it when I buy her a box of clementines! Probably one Of the biggest "boyfriend point" things I can do.

Caitlin Thomas says …

Clementines are my favorite! They make for such an easy convenient snack, great to bring to school or work.

Laura Plaisted says …

I love satsumas! They're easy to peel, there's no seeds, and there's barely any white pulpy left behind. They're soooooo juicy and they taste amazing - sort of closer to an orange. They're also just adorably small and with their leaves I think they're even cuter! I seriously wait all year for them to be in season and then run to whole foods and buy a ton of them!!

Angela says …

I love Satsumas!!!!!!!!!

MQ Dwyer says …

Satsuma!!! Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Like them best for their short season.

Molly says …

Satsumas are the best, no question @WholeFoods. Easier to peel, no seeds and they're the perfect winter boost!

Nancy A says …

Definitely Satsumas!!

Kim Graul says …

Clementines! They're something that always remind me of the holidays. They taste great any time of day and make an awesome snack.

Felicia G says …

Love the zippiness of Satsumas!

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