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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 …

Geee, this is a great distinction!! Love them both but never really knew with certainty which I was eating. I'd have to say that the flatter sweeter clementine is my favorite!! (Although I'd never turn a satsuma down, either).

Charlotte says …

Satsumas! No, wait, clementines! Um...both?

Alison says …

I'm from England and was brought up on Spanish Satsumas. I am so excited to find them in the USA. They are so easy to peel and wonderfully flavo(u)rful. My family loves them, too. Satsumas rule!

Jean Pulley says …

Definitely Clementines are the winner! The taste, ease of peeling, storehouse of vitamins in a compact package, practically seedless (my old teeth appreciate that), a bowl makes the whole house smell good, and on and on. Can not say enough good things about these perfect sized wonders. The only bad thing I can say is they aren't always available ;)

Maureena says …

Until this year, I was all clementine. Suddenly I have a newfound love for satsumas!

Kent Mc says …

Satsumas are the best. Easier to pull and larger than the Clementines.

Paula Hurley says …

Recently had Satsumas and they are now my favorite, scrumptious, yummy, the best!

Karen Alkire says …

The satsumas I got at Whole Foods last week were delicious. Best fruit I've had since my parent's owned their own fruit stand in Florida. My kids begged me to buy more. They were so flavorful and juicy, so they beat out the clementines, hands down!

meryl dessen says …

clementine's are the winner at our house. easy to peel, nice & sweet

Lynn P. says …

I just discovered satsumas at your store last year and they win hands down!

Jayne C says …

I've always loved clementines until I tried satsumas. Satsumas are delectable. They are so much more flavorful and juicy than clementines. Satsumas get eaten so quickly at my house that I haven't had an opportunity to try them in a recipe...yet. Satsumas are the best!!

Debra Kerney says …

Satsuma is my champion, I tried one today! bursting with flavor, sweetness and delight. Tiny is size, but large in taste.

Pat Bergin says …

I am partial to Clementines , as I have eaten them for years, and also used them in salads, desserts, and of course, what is potpourri without the peelings !!! Ahhhh !!! Boy, they sure do go quickly when they are put in a bowl on the kitchen table.

Stephen Cunningham says …

Satsumas are sassy!

robert cockerham says …

The best Satsumas come from Louisiana. They do not have the top knot that you mention though. They are very sweet and easy to peel. I always look for them at the market.

Brian says …

Oh my darling, oh my darling, oh my darling Clementine.....you are so tasty, fun and juicy, really glad to have you, Clementine! Or how about, Oh Clementine, Oh Clementine, how lovely are your sections! Nothing beats this tasty little citrus treat! Enjoy them AND get some Vitamin C and other essential nutrients!

Margherita says …

I'm a Satusumas lover. I love their texture and sweetness.

Jean Sobers says …

In our family we have become fond of the Satsumas, which we initially tried because in the beginning of the book, Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and his father are eating Satsumas for breakfast. When we first read that, several years ago, we actually had to look up in the dictionary what a Satsuma was. Then what joy when we saw them at Whole Foods and brought them home to eat. There was no way we weren't going to like them! We haven't found out if Christopher Robin also liked Clementines.

Lauren says …

What about the grapefruit? This competition should have all citrus fruit and different brackets leading to one winner.

Janette says …

Clementine is my favorite and I'm a Floridian, so I have had my and several other peoples shares of different types of oranges. I like the easy to peel skin and the lower acidity!

Marnie Hammer says …

Love the zestier satsumas - but just can't get enough of tree ripened fruit.

Melanie says …

I <3 Satsuma's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They're so sweet, juicy, and yummy ummy ummy!!!

La says …

Both! Clementines are classic and Satsumas punch it up a notch!

Daniel Green says …

Never heard of the Satsuma but I'll be looking to try it out now.

mary says …

Clementines generally seem fresher--though I don't know whether that's true. Besides, they are so CUTE.

rich s says …

satsumas are definitely my favorite because they are bold and brash (like me) not really, just taste better

Yusuke Mitsuyasu says …

Clementines easy to use

Klaus says …

I love them both!

Elena Mendez says …

I love Satsumas for easy peel and sweet&sour taste!

Elaine says …

Satsumas - easier to peel and better paired with bitter greens in salads than Clementines

Marti Sopher says …

Clementines -- they're a classic, refreshing, with a delicate satisfying flavor. We anticipate their arrival each year and enjoy them daily through their season. Yummmmm.

sandy coons says …

I love clementines.

Judi Sopher says …

Clementines! They're just the right size for a snack or to complement a meal. And easy to peel, quick to open. And the flavor is sometlhing you can always count on. Clementines!

betty says …

I like the ease of peeling a small clementine and enjoying its delicious taste.

Julie says …

Love those little clementines....never had a satsuma but now I'm interested.

Barbara says …

Love the easy-to-peel Satsumas!

Tina says …

I love clementines and can eat them one after another but, that said, it just isn't Christmas without a satsuma in the stocking! I vote for the satsuma.

Mike P says …

I never tried a stasuma but Clementines are a great,,tasty, quick, & healthy snack!

Renee A. says …

Clementines. Simply the juiciest little treat. Plus, Clem's are a Great snack that fits in your bag without the bulk.

jill says …

love them both! i have some of each in my house right now!

Quinn says …

Satsuma--the thinner rind makes it perfect for chopping up to make mulling spices!

Karen Ellis says …

Clementines! They're much easier for my young granddaughters to peel themselves, and they're at that "I can do it myself" age (and have been since they were about 3 -- wait! Since they were about 2!). But I have to say that Satsumas are *my* personal favorite. Both are awesome for different reasons. So, I call it a draw. It's a special joy to get a really juicy, sweet, luscious one of either. One that's so good that you slow down to savor every molecule. I love the fact that both are seedless and a natural for a box lunch. I'm a flight attendant, and I need foods that don't require refrigeration to keep me going when I don't have time to eat between flights and am on a multi-day trip. These nutritious, delicious, portable, fuss-free fruits are perfect! I don't have to do anything prep-wise but remember to put them in my bag. I don't even have to wash them! How great is THAT? :) And my grandkids love to demonstrate their peeling skills (they are soooo superior to us adults <g>) before devouring one or two. And, of course, we adults are always amazed and clap for them. ;) One of my grands is allergic to a whole lot of fruits, but not clementines or Samsutas. And she loves them both! (She cried when she ate a fresh cherry and had a reaction that required a trip to the ER. She loves cherries, too.) I'd love to give them a box of either! (Okay, I might cop a few ... but not many, I promise!)

Sandi says …

I love clementines because they are an old fashioned fruit. They take me back to childhood. Mom and I would pick out the "perfect" clementine, and share one after lighting the first night of Chanukah candels. A special time indeed.

Linda Conn says …

Oohhhhhh yum, Satsumas hands down - my favorite time of year for these gems :)

Chris says …

Satsumas are awesome......They are just the perfect size for an awesome sweet treat with much more of a citrus zing than that of a clementine.

Allison says …

I love clementines! They are perfect for on the go snacks!

Mary Gallagherr says …

I would love to win the Satsumas because I have never, ever tasted them. I love clementines,but I may like the Satsumas better. Time will tell. Thank you.

Annette says …

Clementines from Spain or Morocco are great. no seeds easy to peel My 4 year old asks for her "tines" and can peel them herself.

linda c. says …

I like the more intense flavor of Satsumas!

Debbie G says …

My grandsons love clementines. They are a easy healthy snack after school. We have never tried Satsumas but I'm sure they are delicious as well.

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