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'Tis the Season for Citrus

We like to celebrate this time of year with our citrus growers who bring the bright taste of sunshine to the holidays! Many people think that citrus season is in the summer when other juicy fruits are in season, but peak citrus season is actually in the cooler months. Right now is the best time to start tasting different kinds of citrus to find your favorites and learn what might be best suited to your favorite recipes. Choose citrus fruits that feel firm and heavy for their size and avoid fruit that is misshapen or obviously damaged. So many varieties of citrus are available this time of year, the best thing to do is grab something new and taste, taste, taste! Here are just a few descriptions of citrus in our stores this season:

  • Satsumas – easy to peel, tangy and sweet, seedless
  • Blood Oranges – juicy and sweet with raspberry overtones and bright red flesh
  • Tangerines – intense flavor, sometimes sweet, sometimes tart
  • Clementines – exceptionally sweet, juicy pulp, virtually seedless
  • Tangelos – refreshingly tart, very juicy
  • Navels – seedless, exceptionally sweet, easy to peel

I enjoy citrus in salads, cocktails, baked goods and in sauces and vinaigrettes. Here are some other recipes that feature citrus to try (some of these make great holiday gifts, too!):

Clementine Cocktail Citrus Salt
Two-Bite Shrimp Pancakes with Satsuma Relish Orange and Fennel Salad
Cuban-Style Flat Iron Steak with Lime, Orange, Garlic, Cumin and Oregano Panettone Parfaits

In addition to snacking on and incorporating citrus into recipes, my family likes to give baskets of citrus as gifts when we’re visiting friends and family for the holidays. Citrus makes for pretty and easy table décor too — just arrange into bowls or into tall glass vases for a more dramatic presentation. Best of all, you can eat them for dessert! What will you do with this bounty of peak-season citrus this season?

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Deborah Tukua says …

As a Floridian I enjoyed the bounty of fresh Satsuma tangerines and kumquats growing in my backyard. Now I share my luscious recipes for cooking with citrus fruits in my cookbook, Citrus Morning, Noon & Night: A Citrus Cookbook.On sale now at http://www.chiropractorswritehand.com/store.html

Lia Oprea says …

My sister in Colorado was feeling down during this particularly hard winter. I went to Whole Foods and got all kinds of goodies to make a "Beating the February Blues" gift basket to send to her. Among the items in the basket were the WONDERFUL Sumo tangerines. I never would have thought of them except you had them out as tasters at the Redondo Store. She loved the basket, which also included quite a few chocolate items, hot chocolate, energy bars and some fun gluten free Rice Chips and Cocoa-Kettle Corn. Thanks for helping to brighten her day! ~Lia O., Redondo Beach

Judy Dickson says …

Do you have a store in Frisco,Texas

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JUDY - We do not currently have a store in Frisco. You can find a list of our locations at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.