It’s Citrus Season!
Have you noticed all the different types of citrus in the stores lately? This is prime time for all those beautiful oranges, grapefruits, tangerines and more. I, personally, have become quite the pest at my local Trader Joe’s, waiting a bit impatiently for the cocktail grapefruit to come in. They usually show up for a very short time in January or February, and only at Trader Joe’s. They are delicious, but they aren’t here yet!
While we wait, you might try something a bit more exotic than your typical navel orange like these beautiful blood oranges. Aren’t they gorgeous? I cut into this one and didn’t want to eat it until I took pictures because the coloring was so amazing. Did you know that they are considered an anti-aging orange? Maybe it’s because there is even more vitamin C in blood oranges than a regular orange?
Then I sliced open a Cara Cara orange – have you tried one yet? You can see them with the blood oranges in the banner on the front page. They are bright orange outside and look like a regular navel orange, but they have beautiful rosy colored flesh inside that is seedless and so sweet! According to the Sunkist website, they are a cross between the Washington navel and the Brazilian Bahia navel, and were first discovered in 1976 at Hacienda Cara Cara in Venezuela.
While reading about Cara Cara oranges, I found a really helpful resource from Sunkist – it is all the nutrition information for different types of citrus. Check it out here when you want to feel good about adding some citrus into your meal plan!