We’ve officially made it past the winter solstice, and that alone is a reason for rejoicing! Along with a little bit of extra daylight, we also usher in the peak of citrus season. Along with more sun in the sky, bright, juicy fruit are arriving at the co-op each day. Let us share some of the flavor profiles of the citruses you’re seeing in the Produce Department.
The citrus party started this past fall with satsumas—a mandarin that is sweet, seedless and easy to peel. Satsumas develop complexity through the season as their acid content grows, so they offer a bit more zing right now in January.
December is when things started to get really exciting. We saw the first of the grapefruits, heirloom navel oranges, Cara Cara oranges—pink-fleshed, sweet, with a mild finish—and tangerines like Fairchilds—very sweet and juicy. And don’t forget limequats with their sweet rinds and acidic flavor. Be on the lookout for Meyer lemons right now, too—they are the ultimate culinary lemon, sweeter than more common varieties (Key lime pie anyone?)