Living in Vermont, where a typical winter season includes freezing temperatures, plenty of snow and short amounts of daylight, citrus is a joy that puts a smile on your face.
We all know that citrus fruit has an abundance of vitamin C and also it has many other nutrients including fiber, folate, lycopene, potassium and vitamin B6.
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Possibly the fact that citrus thrives in warm, sunny climates; it encourages your warm, sunny disposition.
Here is a quote from Lifestyle.ILoveIndia.com that supports that theory
“Citrus fruits work as a mood enhancer, as the folate present helps create serotonin – the brain’s happy chemical. Studies show that the citrus smell of fruits like lime, orange and grapefruit can lift the mood and increase energy levels. Essential oils of these fruits can be applied at the back of the neck to enhance alertness.”
Let’s explore some of the more exotic varieties which are now easily available at Hannaford, North Avenue, Burlington.
Tip: Anytime a green leaf is still attached to citrus fruit, it is a sign of incredible freshness.
Cara cara orange thought to be a cross between a Brazilian and Washington navel oranges. It is a little sweeter than a traditional orange and has pink flesh.
Blood orange has a raspberry or pomegranate flavor with a dark red flesh.
Both of these types are included in this easy beverage recipe, 4 Citrus Cooler.
Ruby Red grapefruit is considered to be a hybrid of a pummelo and a sweet orange.
Sweet, tart and juicy, not just for breakfast, try this avocado and grapefruit salad from Bonappetit.com.
Red Pummelo has a slightly dry, plum texture and flavor, larger than a grapefruit, can be eaten cut in half with a spoon.
Ugli fruit is sweet, juicy with a floral scent. Its name comes from its bumpy, uneven shape.
It’s thought to be a combination of bitter orange, grapefruit and tangerine.
Orange wedges are very popular at after school sports activities. Try sprinkled with cinnamon, delicious adult flavor.
For the more adventurous, try this Orange Blossom Cake recipe, which incorporates orange juice, candied orange peel and orange blossom water.
Minneola tangelos are this examiner’s favorite. They are considered a hybrid of a grapefruit and a tangerine.
They are typically only available during February from growers, such as Cushman’s, which have online ordering.
Also, known by the trade name HoneyBell, they are so sweet, juicy and delicious like an orange, but extremely easy to peel like a tangerine.
Mandarin, Tangerine, and Clementine are all types of Mandarin oranges. They are small, sweet and easy to peel.
This examiner truly enjoyed this Sunkist recipe included with a bag of Ojai pixie tangerines and added Vermont Cranberry Company dried cranberries.
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