Winter is a citrus carnival at The FruitGuys. Every region has boxes brimming with bright orange citrus. Throughout the season, we'll see navels, blood oranges, Cara Caras, grapefruit, and myriad mandarins, including satsumas, clementines, Daisies, Dancys, Murcotts, pixie tangerines, and more. Our fruit buyers travel to the southern tips of their regions where the winter sunshine is ripening the fruit.
A: Late winter and early spring is the main harvest time for oranges, mandarins, tangelos, and other wonderful citrus. The apples and pears currently available were mostly harvested in the fall and have been cold-stored to preserve their great taste. We always try to feature the best fruits of the season in your mixes, and this time of year offers the most delicious citrus and apples.
Lots of magic going on out there this time of year. It’s a veritable traffic jam of elves, animated snowmen, flying reindeer, and fairies. The Fruit Fairy has been promoting her “Fruit not Candy” campaign using some rather mischievous methods. If you haven’t seen the news coverage of the Fruit Fairy’s pranks, we’ve made a little collection for you:
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One of The FruitGuys' favorites! Named for Satsuma province, Japan, satsuma mandarins are seedless and super easy to peel and eat. They have a "zipper" skin that can often look bumpy and feel soft. But don't judge this book by its cover – it's a special sweet treat of the season!
A hybrid developed in 1958 at UC Riverside, yellow oro blanco gets its puffy coat from pomelo and sweet spritzy flavor from white grapefruit. Its thick skin and mild, seedless flesh create a nice combo of easy peel and wakeup taste. No snooze button here.
Here’s a preview from The FruitGuys regional produce buyers of the fresh fruits and vegetables being harvested in December by some of our farms. To see what’s being delivered in your box this week, visit fruitguys.com/mix and choose your region.
Ever wonder what an Ojai Pixie does during the off-season? Well here is a little insight about the secret lives of out-of-season Pixies.
Recipe by Non-Reactive Pan, clarosouthwick.com/blog
3 beets, peeled, greens removed, cut into eighths
2 shallots or 1 small onion, cut into quarters or 1/2-inch wedges
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 orange, supremed (see Cook’s note)
Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste