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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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Tracee says …

Satsumas.

Sarah K says …

Satsumas! Easy to peel, sweet and tangy. They even hold special memories for me because I used to get some in my stocking. :)

Kathryn says …

My husband fell in love with Clementines in Spain, they are the only ones I buy this time of year.

Nicole Callen says …

My favorite is clementines as we use to live in California and always looked forward to having fresh Clamentines picked just hours off the tree.

Raven says …

Satsumas are more interesting in flavor, which makes it my fav of the two. I'm a sucker for weird ;)

Kathy says …

satsumas are so juicy, but clementines are sweeter-- I pick clementines!

T. Opipari says …

This seasons satsumas are sweet with just a tiny bit of a tartie taste. I like them just slightly chilled, eaten out of hand. Mmmmmmmm so delicious and so healthy for the whole family.

Paul Batchelder says …

Satsuma has my vote

Nadia Archuleta says …

My fave is meyer lemon followed closedly by Cara Cara oranges. But, between the two above... clementine.

Michelle says …

We love clementines but I can't wait to try satsumas.

Susan Roland says …

Clementines! Made marmalade with them last season. Yum!

Stephanie says …

You can't beat the satsuma!

Liz B says …

Satsuma -- perfect in my spinach salad.

Mary Murphy says …

I'd love either, but am curious about the satsuma - would love to try them.

Patrick B. says …

I like them both, but if I had to choose, I would have to pick the Satsuma. I like them so much that I even planted a tree in my backyard!

Pat D says …

I choose the Satsumas over the Clementines. They seem sweeter to me and just more tasty!

kate says …

o my goodness, we eat clementines by the case full around here. they have always been our citrus of choice. there's a bowl on the coffee table all winter. and my son eats them everyday...and everyday i say, "you don't have to ask, just help yourself!" he puts the peels in a simmering pot i keep on the stove filled with water, and spices. makes the house super homey!

Lauren Ann says …

I've noticed and gotten satsumas at the store these past several years, but based on the descriptions, I think I'd prefer the taste of the clementine.

Pat says …

Clementines!! I love the taste and the way I can carry them in my purse. Easy to peel too!

Julia Haeger says …

Clementines take me back to childhood...

Kristem says …

Satsumas because they're different!

Anna M says …

Definitely clementines. They taste like Hanukkah to me, sweet and bright and lovely in the middle of winter.

N.S says …

I love Satsumas. They're so sweeeet!!

Lori Hoff says …

We love Clementines - so easy to grab a few and go.

Cathy Trinidad says …

Hands down - Satsumas are the favorite in our household. Satsumas are always out on our dining room table throughout the holiday season and it's hard to keep the bowl full.

Laura Ruffalo says …

Clementines for my grandkids for sure, but I personally love the flavor and scent of Satsumas, eating them whole or flavoring dishes with the zest.

Gayla Davis says …

Satsumas are my favorite, due to outstanding flavor.

Chris Baukus says …

Clementines

Carol Jones says …

No question about it, I vote for Satsumas. Their Season is way too short and I have to buy as many as I can reasonably consume in such a short period of time. Last year, I made a very successful batch of citrus marmalade, using lemons, limes, grapefruit and Satsumas and got rave reviews from family and friends that were given a jar.

suzanne atfield says …

i love clementines easy to peal for my lunch box!!!

K. Kato says …

As a child, I looked forward to eating Satsumas as the season was short. They are my favorite, but once the season is over, I start on Clementines.

Tammy Yuen says …

Satsumas are my favorite. Combination of sweet and tangy. The season for them is much too short

James Kennedy says …

Satsuma is the orangiest, it's the best, unlike the rest. Satsuma tastes like liquid sunshine in a little bundle.

Terri Katz says …

Oh my darlin' clementine!

Newfoodie says …

Amazing! Some fresh Satsuma squeezed into a Gin cocktail! Yum!

Sharon Lorraine Hare says …

I am a clementine fan----those tasty sweet morsels of citrusey goodness.

Anne Schmudde says …

Will have to go with the Clementine-if the kids are happy-I am happy!!

Jeff Jewett says …

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without Clementine's in our stocking! I'm sure our family eats more Clementine's than any other in town. Imagine how excited we will be if you decide to give us a full case. Thank you in advance! Jeff Jewett

Shannon Cooper says …

Clementines Rule!

Nicole says …

Clementines. They small, cute and oh so sweet and tasty.

David Barenburg says …

I think clementines tend to take on the flavor of the soil they are grown, and can vary in their sweetness almost too wildly. Satsumas on the other hand always tend to taste the same, sweet and zesty and full of flavor. Love them!

Jason Lucas Wagner says …

I like clementines because they dont have as much of a bite as other citrus fruits. I use them when cooking my orange chicken and salads. My wife swears by them andblooks forward to them each year...sometimes i think she favors them over me, ha. Im attempting to amke them into a jelly and ice cream if i win a case.

Julianna Hayes says …

Satsumas hands down. One, with the bit of green, they are beautiful. They are also super easy to peel, and delicious!

marcellatam says …

I love clementines. I have good memories of my family buying gigantic bags full of clementines and eating them after dinner. Yum!

Kennita Watson says …

I like the satsumas best; I like to peel and section the entire orange and lay it out before I start eating one section at a time while I read. Yum!

Carrieq says …

Satsumas! I like the complexity of their flavor better and just yesterday I made some candied peels from a batch. It turned out great. Dipped some in dark chocolate. Instant hit!

Sharon says …

Satsumas!!!

Lisa clevenger says …

I adore Clemintines, but would love to try a stasuma

Dayna Foster says …

So addicted to Clementines, I look forward to them appearing in the store every year. They are so easy to throw a couple in my bag and eat on the run, and to cook with.

Liana says …

Clementines! Love their tangy kick! Excellent to eat and to smell!

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