Produce

Citrus Season

We get seriously excited about citrus this time of year- there are so many bright and flavorful varieties! We love to share our excitement, so if you have questions or want a taste of a particular fruit, don’t hesitate to ask.

Fresh fruit salad in glass bowl.

Cara Cara navel oranges

Currently top of our list of citrus faves. These look like a cross between a grapefruit and a blood orange, but their low acidity gives it a unique sweet flavor. This combination makes for a more complex flavor than most navel varieties.

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Texas Grapefruit

Did you know that this heart-healthy fruit is a hybrid of an orange and a pomelo? These typically have a sour to semi-sweet flavor. Lately we’ve been seeing these used more in salads and even enjoyed cooked in some manner, like this recipe for Rum Broiled Grapefruit.

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Pomelos

These, the largest of the citrus fruits, are closely related to the grapefruit but they have a milder flavor. They are also sweeter and less bitter. Try it in this Pomelo Couscous recipe.

Meyer Lemons

Rounder and sweeter than a true lemon, Meyer lemons are thought to be a cross between a lemon and an orange. We’re proud to bring these to you farmer-direct from Texas.

Home grown lemons on wood

Kumquats

These little bite-sized beauties can be eaten whole. Their tartness and slight sour flavor is sure to make you pucker, but we be you’ll want to have another.


More reasons we love citrus: It’s so good for you!

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Vitamin C – Helps with your immune system, plays a key role in the formation of collagen, a component for much of the connective tissue in the body

Folate – Essential for new cell production and growth, can help prevent birth defects

Potassium – Works to maintain the body’s water and acid balance. It is an electrolyte that helps transmit nerve impulses to muscles and helps in the maintenance of normal blood pressure

Fiber – Dietary fiber holds water-soluble nutrients, which slow digestion and absorption. This tends to promote satiety and may reduce the rate of glucose uptake, thus helping prevent sugar rushes.


Remember, if there’s anything you’d like to try, just ask a produce team member, and we’ll be happy to cut a sample for you!

Check out our how-to produce videos:

Learn about winter squash with Joe and Matt

Learn how to select and cut an avocado with Nick and Joe

Learn to select and cut a pineapple with Nick and Joe