There’s “Gold” in them-there darn citrus groves! Spring is the darn-tootinist time of the year for citrus, and we’ve got different varieties in our FruitCrates depending on where you are in the country. California crates will have Gold Nuggets from the Ojai region (just around the bend from Santa Barbara.) Gold Nuggets are seedless and a sweet and rich cross of the Wilking and Kincy tangerines. This cross was discovered in the 1950s, but it wasn’t until 1975 when UC Riverside professors noticed this variety and introduced it to growers.
As a general goal, we try and find fruit from the regions closest to the offices we serve. Thus for those of you on the East Coast, Florida is the mother lode of citrus at this time of year. We are highlighting the Temple Orange out of Florida, which is a tasty piece of citrus with a fascinating history. There is a great website that tells the story of the temple orange.