Savor the Sunshine: A Winter Citrus Extravaganza
As the winter chill sets in, there’s nothing quite like the burst of sunshine that citrus fruits bring to our tables. Slice into citrus and the aroma instantly transports you to a place where sunshine reigns supreme. On cold and overcast days in Washington, let citrus fruits cheer you! Join us on a winter citrus extravaganza, as we introduce you to some of the best winter citrus varieties that can be found here at Tacoma Boys and H&L Produce.
The Citrus Lineup
Sumo Citrus: The Crown Jewel
Let’s start with citrus royalty – the Sumo citrus. Known for its generous size and delectably sweet taste, the Sumo citrus is a true gem. Sumo trees have a relatively short fruiting season compared to their cousins, making this a fruit you really must enjoy in its peak season. Pack these fruits in your lunch or leave them in a bowl on your dining table as a beautiful, edible centerpiece.
Mandarins: A Pocketful of Joy
Mandarins, with their easy-to-peel skin and juicy segments, are the perfect snack for busy days or a quick burst of vitamin C. It’s hard to find a more suitable citrus for packing in lunches. If you’re craving an uplifting treat, try this easy mandarin cake recipe.
Heirloom Navel Oranges:
For those who appreciate the classics, heirloom Navel oranges are a timeless choice. Grown with care and attention to quality, these oranges bring a burst of tangy sweetness to your winter palate. Slice them for a refreshing snack or squeeze them into a glass for a morning boost of freshness. For something more savory, you can try our Sticky Orange Tofu recipe.
Juicy Crunch Tangerines:
This relatively new variety of citrus is the culmination of four decades of passionate work. Juicy Crunch tangerines combine the ease of peeling with truly unbeatable sweetness. Like sumo citrus, Juicy Crunch tangerines have a relatively short fruiting season, so be sure to grab them while you can and savor the unique combination of flavor and crisp crunch.
The BEST grapefruit all year!
While grapefruit’s tangy bite means it sometimes gets overlooked, we think this winter citrus is not to be missed! Grapefruit is full of natural plant compounds called flavonoids, which studies show can support heart health. Florida Grapefruit is the best grapefruit you’ll enjoy all year! Just like its fellow citrus companions, it’s packed with vitamin C, making it a delightful addition to your winter fruit basket.
During this cold weather, let winter citrus fruits brighten your day and boost your immune system. Head to your local grocery store, Tacoma Boys and H&L Produce, and immerse yourself in the citrus extravaganza. From Sumo citrus to Florida Grapefruit, there’s a flavor for every palate. Remember, one of the best ways to combat the winter blues is to eat fresh and local!