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Market Outlook - December 29, 2011

Winter Citrus


This week we are offering an excellent selection of winter citrus including recently arrived Moro Blood Oranges. Grown by California Citrus Specialties located in Springvale, CA (east of Fresno), Blood Oranges possess an interesting and complex flavor when compared to other oranges. The juice is tart and rich with a hint of raspberry and less acidic than regular oranges. Typically, early season Blood Oranges have orange flesh with reddish veins and as the season progresses the flavor intensifies and the flesh eventually turns to its namesake pomegranate "blood" color. However, for the second consecutive season, we begin with full vivid, crimson color.

Other Local Citrus:

  • Satsuma Mandarins- Rich, tart-sweet flavor. The juice is perfect for cocktails and vinaigrettes. The segments make great additions to salads and compotes. They also make brilliantly colored marmalades and candied peel.
  • Meyer Lemon- A cross between a lemon and a mandarin. The skin is fragrant and thin, colored a deep yellow with a slight orange tint when ripe. Meyer lemons have a sweeter, less acidic flavor than the more common Lisbon or Eureka lemons. The pulp is a dark yellow and has very few seeds.
  • Tangerines-Fairchild-Brightly colored inside and out with mild, tangy flavor. Clementine-Easy to peel, juicy, sweet, seedless
  • Cara Cara Oranges- A type of navel orange with a distinctive pinkish red flesh that is characterized by a sweet cranberry-like flavor, seedless and when ripe, tender and extremely juicy with bright citrus aromatics.
  • Ruby Red Grapefruit- Yellow skin tinged with red and flesh that is pale pink, tender, and juicy. Use in salads and raw preparations, juices, cocktails, vinaigrettes.
  • Kumquats-Resembling a tiny oval orange, kumquats are different from other citrus fruits in that the skin is sweet and the flesh is very tart. Eat the skins, seeds and all.
  • Navel Oranges-Virtually seedless, richly flavored and well balanced with just the right amount of sugar and acid. The navel is actually a small secondary fruit that grows in the blossom end of the primary fruit.