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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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Judy Forkner says …

We've been eating Clementines, but I think I'll try Satsumas the next time I shop--you've "piqued" my interest! I'll know what to choose by the time you do the drawing!

Alesha says …

Honestly, they are both delicious...but satsuma wins because it is so much more fun to say!

Maria says …

I love both, but after reading this I realize I might like Satsumas a bit better. I'll have to pick up some extras since they come and go so quickly! Thanks for the info!!

Lynda S. says …

My family LOVES clementines, I can't keep them in the house! My sons are 10 and 6 and they can easily peel the clementines themselves so they make a great lunch fruit or after-school snack. They have contests to see who can peel the peel all in one piece!

French75 says …

Ooohh....that is such a tough question. Clementines are good, but I like a sweet Satsuma better. They just have that extra oomph in flavor. Thanks for the great give away. Good luck everyone

April Fordyce says …

I love Clementines...so bright & sweet....a great cold weather treat.

Erin R. says …

I love the sweet little clementines. Probably nostalgic fondness gives them the edge, though the satsumas are lovely in their own right.

Marti Hall says …

Clementines - because they're seedless and what my kids prefer!!

Patty Buskuehl says …

adding citrus zest to almost any food for a bright lift and added fiber too!

Lori Tingey says …

Clementines are the best! Filled in a basket for the holidays, they add color to the table. I love the peel in a pot, simmering on the stove with cinnamon sticks, to make the house smell like a home. The juice of a Clementine is wonderful in cranberrry sauce, as well as many quick breads.

Patty says …

I look so forward to Satsumas every holiday season! Really, I don't know how or why anyone could live without citrus! I stuffed my boyfriend's shoes with Satsumas, chocolate and nuts last night! Happy St. Nicholas!

Steffani says …

Satsumas! My seven year old says they're better than candy :)

Jennifer K says …

Clementines for sure. Having a box of Clementines always reminds me that Christmas is on its way!!!

Corina Kelley says …

Satsumas are definitely easier to peel for my little kids, so I vote SATSUMAS!! :)

Noreen says …

Satsumas aree the sweeeeeeetest with much less acid. My personal favorite!

Brittanie F says …

Satsuma! Because it is fun to say and they always have a cute little leaf so they make me smile!

Mary Frances Graef says …

I love Clementines, but have never tried Satsumas. From your description of Satsumas, I am going to have to look for them so I can get some to try - sounds as if they are absolutely delicious! ...or maybe I will be the winner of a case of them?

Angela Salvador says …

I grew up on a small homestead in the Central Valley of California where my father religiously cared for our two prized Satsuma trees every fall and winter, sometimes out in the middle of the night caring for them like baby chicks in the cold when a frost would threaten the prized crop. My first lasting memory of those beloved tangerines as a child was watching and waiting religiously for the puffy green fruits to turn color, sometimes for weeks. Every day I would wake up and ask my father if they were ready to eat yet, and every year my father would tell me that the temperature has to be just right and the moisture just perfect before the sun-kissed green little globes would turn their vibrant orange. Like a kid on Christmas morning, when the fruits would finally reach picking quality, I would stand under a tree and eat to my heart's content. It didn't matter that year after year I would eat myself sick and get cankers in my mouth from overdosing on sugary tartness after two or 3 days of this ritual – I was a happy kid! The best part was taking my daily Satsuma share to school and the envious look of the other kids admiring my family's garden fresh desserts. I'm a born-and-bred Satsuma lover all the way!

Terrie Hahn says …

Clementines!!! I can't keep enough in the house-my son gobbles them down so fast, we hardly get any!

Takako Shimoda says …

I love satsuma way better!

Miranda says …

Just discovered Satsumas and they are my favorite!

Margie Morris says …

I love Satsumas! They have a stronger citrus scent which lingers in the air around the fruit basket, making my kitchen smell so fresh! I also love their juicy and zesty flavor added to a steamy hot cup of tea to start the day off. Most of all, I enjoy eating the fruit right from the skin... yummy!

Renu Miles says …

SATsumas SATisfy!! Whenever the kids or I feel a little pang of hunger and it's not quite time for a meal, we peel a satsuma or two and get pure SATISFACTION!

kate says …

Clementines--I love the scent and the flavor--my favorite Christmastime soup is carrot clementine bisque.

Deb says …

I vote for clementines! The kids love them. I have been thinking of making candied orange peel (using organic oranges - I have not figured out which type to use for that though) to top a lightly frosted Gingerbread cake.

Judy says …

Satsumas . . . juicy . . . sweet . . . tangy . . . delicious!

Andrea Hoffman says …

Love both, but the Satsuma is a bit more unique and "special" in flavor. Plus we've been pining for them since last season. Can't wait!

Barbara F says …

Clementine! Easy to carry in a backpack or purse for snacking. In the kitchen, great for zesting on veggies.

Linda Gilliland says …

Clementines are the ones for me!

Julia says …

Clementines! Something about their sweetness...

Elisabeth says …

Satsumas, Satsumas, Satsumas!!! Their tangy, yet sweet , flavor can't be beat!!

Cynthia Singleton says …

Satsumas were always at the toe end of our Christmas stockings every year. My mother bought pounds and pounds and pounds of these because our whole family loves them. They are tasty and juicy. You can peel them in seconds and the sections are perfectly sized to pop in your mouth. They fit in your jacket pockets and are fun to share with your friends. I look forward to having them every year.

Ramona Cooper says …

I love satsumas the best! I grew up in Louisiana and whenever they were available we had them. The taste is so great and they remind me of my childhood.

Sammy Chowdhury says …

For me, Satsumas win over Clementines. On rainy, wintry Seattle days, nothing brightens up my mood like the fresh tang of a stem-and-leaf Satsuma from the Whole Foods near my office. Just when the afternoon is fading into early darkness, I take a much needed stroll outside of work and pick up a couple of Satsumas from the grocery store. When I eat them, it feels like a bit of bright sun has shone down on me!

Terri David says …

I prefer clementines. Just like the taste better.

Kelly says …

Clementine- right size, right taste, anytime! Easy for my kids and the grandparents!

Karen says …

I love both clementines and satsumas (and plain ole' oranges for that matter) this time of year. That citrus is so fresh - both warming and comforting - this time of year! I regularly buy clementines by the box, but less frequently buy satsumas due to their limited availability in the Midwest...hoping that changes this year, as I'm already seeing satsumas appear at my local Whole Foods.

Susan Uy says …

Clementines baby!!! The kids love them and ask for them all the time!

carol saxby says …

Satsumas win my vote. I love the flavor intensity and ease of peeling.

Terra says …

Satsumas! These are not only delicious, but come with a shot of holiday nostalgia for me; as a child a few satsumas were always found in my Christmas stocking.

Fay says …

I like both, but Satsuma is easier to peel. I usually just peel and eat because when I use a knife to cut it, juice drains and lost!

Heather Stearns says …

I love clementines. They are the perfect small size for dessert or a small snack. I really like that they are easy to peel and don't have as much of the pithy white around the fruit. This time of year, we keep some in the fridge all the time!

Yas N. says …

I would say clementine simply because I do not think I have tried a satsuma. Either way, clementines are delectable fruits, nonetheless. They are highly practical (small, seedless, easy to peel) and delicious. I can simply pack it as a snack or with my meal.

Linda says …

Clementines are enjoyed by all family members!

Susi says …

Satsuma or Clementine - each is wonderful in my salad for lunch!

margie carpino says …

Love all the receipes

Stewart David says …

Satsuma. Like the flavor and that they are easy to peel.

Brandi Lee says …

Clamor for clementines pretty much sums it up. My daughter gets SO excited when they come in season. Easy to peel, sweet and juicy and just fun to eat.

Patrycja says …

Clementimes were my first love, but Satsumas have that rustic look and their short season makes them feel a little more special. I'll happily eat either one!

Susan says …

Clementine-so yummy and cute

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