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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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Linda B. says …

Satsumas--the brightest flavor!!

kay butler says …

I really love CLEMENTINES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jodi says …

Clementine all the way!

Sharon says …

Clementines; however, I'd like to try a satsuma as I've never had one.

Bridget Stevens says …

The whole family can devour clementines! Small enough for the littlest of my kids to hold and eat, and yet delightful enough that my husband and I will grab one and eat it for a quick snack on the go. Mmmm clementines!

Louis Wigley says …

Either way you are winner. Both of these are delicious and my son loves them equally!

Noelle says …

While satsumas have a lovely flavor, NOTHING says the holidays to me like the taste of a wonderful clementine. It brings me back to days off school, curled on the couch next to the fire, wrapped in a blanket reading a great book with an ever increasing pile of clementine peels by my side. I could eat a dozen a day! I still can...

Kelly in DC says …

I grew up in Seattle, where we brought in the holiday season with satsumas!! My sister and I also knew that the toe of our Christmas stocking would have a satsuma in it. When I moved to DC for college, the first winter I heard people talk about "clementines" I had no idea waphat they were talking about! Well I've been in DC for over a decade and while I'll eat clementines, I dream of satsumas. I'd be beside myself to win a case.

Mary says …

My vote is for Satsumas.

Taryn says …

I don't think I've ever had a satsuma and would love to try them!

TONY B says …

Like 'em both but I think satsumas have that little extra oomph -- or is it zing!

Ilona Sullivan says …

Definitely satsumas. They are ugly but the skin is so loose you can peel one anywhere, even at the stop light in your car.

Debbie Terry says …

The Clementine. I have never tried the Satsuma. But I would love to.

Gillian Bliss says …

That's a hard one but probably would go for the satsuma.

stblissout says …

no matter which both are delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Allison says …

Satsumas!

Franz Fruehwald says …

Clementine's it is. Everyone in our family loves the "ease of use" and the great flavor.

Katie says …

Satsuma! I can peel it in one piece and put the rind back together as a tease/point of pride.

Katie says …

Satsuma! I can peel it in one piece and put the rind back together as a tease/point of pride.

tina bush says …

Satsumas are my fav!

Kara Mickelson says …

Satsuma!

Rachael says …

I prefer to eat clementines but Satsuma is my favorite bath gel scent so all day I am orange, orange, orange either way!!!

Pat Carroll says …

Satsumas

Jillian says …

Puma, all the way! They are juicy and easier to peel.

Gabby R. says …

Satsumas...love the tang to them!

Shann Kirchman says …

Satsumas!!

Linda S. says …

Clementines, despite the song!

Gloria Farrar says …

Satsuma

Anna says …

This is tough because they're both delish, but I'm going to go with clementines.

Barbara says …

I'm sweet on satsumas! I grew up in New Orleans, and my father had a small tree in our backyard because he loved them so much.

KhylieJ says …

Every year I look forward to the clementines. I love eating them and sharing them. They are almost addictive! I've never had the satsuma, but I'm looking forward to tasting them to make a comparison.

Erica says …

I like satsumas because I can make a nice salad with spinach, carrots and mushrooms and they compliment the vegetables nicely. Usually I also have a fruit dressing.

Julia says …

Satsumas!!!! Kids love everything about them- from magic juicy taste to easy pealing, even with tiny fingers!

Amber says …

Satsumas! Those were the ones I grew up eating and clementines just don't do it for me. Plus it was a Christmas tradition to get one in our stockings.

Kenya Key says …

Thank you for this article, it made a clementine girl try satsumas! I love them! Yummy!

Anne Barry says …

Although I love clemetines for their taste and ease in traveling I would have to vote for Satsumas as the new kid on the block for me.

Jessica Ross says …

Always been a fan of the sweet clementines.

June Siegel-Hill says …

Our family loves clementines because they're so easy to eat and we use them in baked sweet potatoes too. We'd also be thrilled to try the Satsumas! We also put them in the Vitamix and mix with other fruits to make morning juices. Happy Holidays! June

Betsy says …

I am partial to the tartness of Satsumas. I bought Clementines a few weeks ago and they left me wanting. So definitley Satsumas.

Stacie C says …

satsumas- kids love them!

Janelle says …

I've always loved clementines, but I'm always up for something new! So I'm going to go get some satsumas this weekend!

Teri Post says …

Clementines

Teri Post says …

DH bought a clementine tree as a Christmas gift for me last year. So I would have to say...clementines for sentimental reasons especially.

Dolly Paul says …

Clementines always make me think of the holidays. A case would show up on the table every Christmas. Today, we take a few cases when we are painting faces at festivals. They are a quick refreshing snack for us, and an appreciated alternative to candy canes for the children.

Awesome Person says …

I <3 clementines!

Janice says …

satsumas - they're very easy to peel, sweet, and juicy!

Cellabella says …

It's a hard pick, but I think I'd choose Clementinest. But I still wouldn't pass up a Satsuma if it came my way ;)

Jamie says …

Satsumas are so much better!

Karen says …

Satsuma, definitely! They have such a short season and are so juicy! The winner, hands down!

Lois Smith says …

Last year was my family's first time trying satsumas, in fact we had never even heard of them. If it hadn't been for whole Foods running a special, we may still not know about them. So glad that they did. My little twin grand daughters are 3 now and love how easily they can be peeled and just the right size for their small hands. Would love a case of Satsumas to share with them!

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