We get seriously excited about citrus this time of year – there are so many bright and flavorful varieties! We love to share our excitement; if you have questions or want to taste a particular variety, don’t hesitate to ask our produce staff.
Cara Cara Navel Oranges
Currently at the top of our citrus faves list, these look like a cross between a grapefruit and a blood orange. However, their low acidity gives them a unique sweet flavor. This combination makes for a more complex flavor than most navel varieties.
We love the name because it harkens our home state. Minneolas are a cross between tangerine and grapefruit. They have a mild tartness that is offset by their sweetness.
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 in salads and even enjoyed cooked in some manner, like this recipe for Rum Broiled Grapefruit.
The largest of the citrus fruits, pomelos are closely related to grapefruit but have a milder flavor. They are also sweeter and less bitter. Try them in this Pomelo Couscous recipe.
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.
So colorful and so juicy! We love blood oranges for their distinct sweetness and bright red color.
These little bite-sized beauties can be eaten whole. Their tartness and slight sour flavor is sure to make you pucker, but we bet you’ll want to have another.
TDE tangerines are here- super juicy with a nice tartness. The season is short (mid-January through end of February), so get ’em while you can!
More reasons we love citrus: It’s so good for you!
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 to prevent sugar rushes.