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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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Michelle says …

Satsumas! We love the tangy, sweetness!!

Melinda says …

Love clementines! So fun to peel and pop right into your mouth!

Jayne Boyer says …

I love them both!

Jamie says …

I like clementines, but the flavor of the satsuma really won me over, and it is much more entertaining to say satsuma than clementine. The satsumsa is traditionally a Christmas stocking filler and is perfect at the holidays. And to top it all off the satsuma helped The Doctor save the world from the Sycorax on Christmas Day, what more do they need to recommend them?

Christy says …

clementine - just because we haven't tried the satsumas.

Margaret Blair says …

I like both of them but last year was the first time I ever tasted satsumas and loved the taste, juiciness and smell of them, so they would have to be my favorite.

Jessica says …

I love both but my kids are more impressed with clementines!

patti wiggin says …

Satsuma's! Had them for the first time last year...loved them. Can't wait to get more this year.

E. Bernard says …

Clementines are great all year long!

Veronica Addison says …

Clementines are the favorite at my house! I have never eaten a satsuma before, I would love to try them.

Richard says …

Clementines are our favorite during the holidays.

Giang nguyen says …

Satsumas for our family

pat sullivan says …

Love the 'puma--more intense flavor and I like the tang on my tongue!

Lizzie says …

Satsumas liven up any wintry salad! Plus I think walnuts cranberries and a bold citrus flavor make an incredible combination in savory and sweet dishes alike.

allison mccormick says …

I love the vibrant orange color, add in the juicy flavor, WINNER!

Sona Nanaiya says …

Satsumas!! Their bold flavor are a treat for the palette. Squeeze their juice on a salad of arugula, dried cranberries and walnuts. Zest the skin for garnish. I also use the zest in my vanilla soy candles as well as infuse body oils with it. Refreshing, uplifting and takes you far away to warmer climes!!

Nadia says …

Satsumas for the win in my book! Happy holidays :)

Joyce raftery says …

Clementines are our favorite. They are easy to peel for all ages including children and the elderly. We enjoy gifting them to the students we know as they do not get enough vitamin C at this time of year. I am happy to see their price go down during the holidays.

Rita Robertson says …

Clementines are my favorite but Satsumas are next in line! I love to add them to my homemade chicken salad, green salads, or just eat them out of the box/bag. Hmmm, think I will have to try gifting citrus salt this year! Sounds wonderful.

Dawn Watson says …

I especially enjoy the clementines to eat. They are small, easy to peel and a mouth burst of flavor. I've found a delicious recipe with Chinese 5 Spice Powder and clementines which is wonderful and enjoyed by my whole family. I'll have to try the Satsumas!

Kristen says …

Our entire family looks forward to Clementine time - even our dog. We enjoy them freshly peeled and share a couple of sections with Maverick. He eagerly sits up and gives us a paw for such a treat and then jumps in the air with delight. We only give him a little because citrus is acidic.

KATIE says …

I love both of these citrus fruits! I think clementines are so simple for kid snacks and bring healthy kick to holiday desserts and school parties!

Val K. says …

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Clementines, but in all honesty, I haven't tried satsumas. I'm looking forward to trying them for a true comparison!

Darlene Lindner says …

Clementines - They're sweet & tasty, just the right size & easy to peel!

Jeanine says …

SATSUMAS are the best! My dad had satsuma trees when I was growing up and one of the most flavorful memories was picking a ripe satsuma off one of his trees in the morning on the way to the bus stop. It was cold and juice and a great way to start the day: sweet and healthy! You just can't beat a cold satsuma! Jeanine

Terisa says …

Clementines are the BEST!!! Every year at Christmastime we have a case of Clementines to share with family and friends. We also like to give a case to our neighbors. Christmas and Clementines!!!

Barb says …

We love Clementines! Easy to peel, no seeds and just the right size for eating on the go. We haven't tried Satsuma yet, but I will look for them now. We'd be happy to win either one!

Betty says …

Definitely Satsumas!!!

Sheila Levine says …

love the clementine!!!! if i remember the other from last year, let me have some of each, please

William Wimberly says …

Satsuma “The Puma”..... Perfect fruit to add to your daily "power smoothie" to get you 'charged up and running" to help face a full and demanding activities schedule ... this citrus definitely provides a distinctive tangy/sweet goodness to a complement a normal "greens filled" smoothie... just typing this makes me want to jump up and make one!!

Miranda Childe says …

Without a doubt, Clementines are my personal favorites! Their sweet and juicy tang is a mouthwatering explosion. On the otherhand, Satsumas are TOO tangy -they remind me of that eye-scrunching, purse-lipped Tangelo. Leave the funny faces to heartier folk. I'll have the mellow glow of a Clementine anyday.

Miranda Childe says …

Without a doubt, Clementines are my personal favorites! Their sweet and juicy tang is a mouthwatering explosion. On the otherhand, Satsumas are TOO tangy -they remind me of that eye-scrunching, purse-lipped Tangelo. Leave the funny faces to heartier folk. I'll have the mellow glow of a Clementine anyday.

Janice says …

Love them both but Satsuma's win!

Anne says …

Satsumas - sweet & easy to peel.

sue dolamoare says …

It's satsumas for me. Always had fresh citrus right off the trees growing up. It's one of my favorite treats at this time of year.

Amy says …

My champion is clementines. They are perfect size to pack in my son's lunch.

Sandra C. says …

Clementines because they remind me of opening my stocking on Christmas morning as a kid. I loved that smell while peeling it. Mom always put one in.

kay zunino says …

Satsumas

Marilyn says …

Satsumas! I first ate these in Japan, where they originated, and are called 'Mikan'. I've been in love with them ever since! They are so incredibley flavorful...and easy to eat.

rachel smith says …

What is the price of the Clemetines vs. Satsumas? Are they organic? I found an incredible deal on just picked, certified organic Satsuma's for only $1.20 per pound at Green PolkaDot Box. They have killer deals!

Jennifer Murray says …

I discovered the Satsumas last year - we couldn't get enough of them, they are amazing!

Beth Bond says …

Clementines! So easy to peel and eat quickly.

laurie says …

I love Clementines! Never tried Satsumas, though.

Deborah says …

Clementines are just the pick me up I need for that afternoon slump. My grand baby loves the sweet, juicy taste, not to mention what a great nutritious finger food. Pick some up @ your neighborhood Whole Foods today :)

genny says …

Clementines are so fun to eat with my daughter. We section them out and share. We've never tried Satsumas though.

carol Hall says …

The bright perfumy flavors of satsumas are so flavorful in my almond citrus cake.... the aroma is wonderful and then the taste is even better.

Linda Pandolph says …

Clementines are great as long as they are not dried out.

Caleb says …

Both, why can't we all just get along?

Adrienne says …

Love the tang of the Satsuma!

Carol says …

I love both of them, but I'll give the nod to satsumas.

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