A Guide to Winter Citrus

Lemons and grapefruits and kumquats, oh my! These tangy treats and more are in the limelight this month. Whether you're looking to add some zest to a salad, make a tangy cocktail or enhance the flavour of your favourite meal, we've got you covered with our fruitful selection of citrus.

Cara Cara Orange

Cara Cara Orange - This punchy citrus has an exceptionally sweet flavour with a tangy, cranberry-like zing. Its bright pinkish red interior is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A and fibre, so power-pack your salads with these navels. Cara Cara oranges are seedless - add peeled wedges or slices to your salads or squeeze the juice into an enticing vinaigrette.

Meyer LemonMeyer Lemon - This fruit is thought to be a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange. Offering a burst of lemon flavour without the acidic bite, Meyer lemon juice and zest taste delicious in dressings. You can also add slices of Meyer lemons to your salad - their skin doesn't have the bitter white pith usually found in lemons so you can eat the whole thing! Oh, and the name refers to Frank Nicholas Meyer who brought the fruit to America from China in the 20th century, in case you were wondering.

PomeloPomelo - The king of the citrus fruit kingdom - pummelos are sweet, mild, juicy and packed with vitamin C, iron, fiber and protein. Choose those that are relatively firm and seem heavy for their size – this means that they’ll be extra juicy! Store in the refrigerator, or freeze their juice and zest for later use.


KumquatKumquat - This fruit closely resembles an orange, but is much smaller and ovular. Kumquats are often eaten raw and whole, since the rind is sweet and the juicy centre is sour. Toss a few on your salad, or grate the rind into a dressing for a sweeter taste!


Blood OrangeBlood Orange - This citrus fruit has a crimson-coloured flesh with an orange rind. Blood oranges get their dark flesh from a pigment called anthocyanin. Rich in vitamin C, calcium, vitamin A and antioxidants, these oranges are great in fresh fruit salsas.


Key LimeKey Lime - These limes are small in size, with a yellowish-greenish exterior and tart tasting interior. Famous for their use in key lime pies, these limes can also be grated and juiced for savoury cooking. 

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