Citrus fruits have always been valued as part of a nutritious diet. And not only are they good for you, they provide a refreshing taste, too! Citrus fruits add bright, sunny flavor to any summer dish, and with the warm summer weather, these fruits can’t get any fresher!
There are a big variety of citrus fruits out there to please everyone in the family:
These aren’t your typical oranges—with a distinctive crimson flesh, this small to medium-sized fruit has very few seeds and has a sweetly tart flavor. Most blood oranges are best eaten fresh.
These tiny oranges come with a sweet flavor! The best part? They come out of their peels and segment easily, so you don’t need to worry about getting the juice all over your good clothes! Try the different types of mandarin oranges: clementines, kinnows, royals and satsumas.
These oranges are so small (about the size of a grape) that they can be eaten whole! But just because they’re small, doesn’t mean the flavor isn’t intense. Bite into a kumquat, and you’ll get a bit of a sour, then a sweet, taste.
Most are familiar with this large, juicy and slightly tart citrus fruit. Grapefruits are categorized by the color of their pulp: red, pink or white, but the pulp color doesn’t affect the fruits’ flavor. Grocery tip: when buying grapefruit, select ones that are smaller, thin skinned and heavy for their size.
Also known as the Chinese grapefruit, the pomelo has a very thick peel, so unlike the mandarin orange, you have to work hard to eat it. But many say the work is worth the trouble—the pulp is milder and sweeter than the grapefruit.
This is the citrus hybrid of a tangerine and a pomelo or grapefruit. Also known as honeybells, tangelos are the size of a fist, have a sweet tangerine taste and are juicy at the expense of the flesh. Generally, the skin is loose, making it easier to peel than an orange.
We couldn’t list them all, so check out the extended list of citrus fruits!
And don’t forget to stop at your local Sparkle Market for all of your produce needs!