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.
Recipe by The FruitGuys
1 head of radicchio
Salad greens, 5–6 cups loosely packed
Segments from 2 tangerines or 1 sweet orange
1 large shallot or 2 small garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced (optional)
¼ cup olive oil (plus more to brush on radicchio)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar (optional, if a sweeter dressing is preferred)
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
The Clementine is surely a darling, developed by Father Clement Rodier from a sweet tangerine and the somewhat bitter Seville orange. Clementines have fews seeds and a tangy taste.
Also called a Pink Navel orange. What looks like a regular orange on the outside may turn out to be a Cara Cara once peeled. This Venezuela-native orange has pink flesh inside and a refreshing orangey taste with a little something more.
Don't be alarmed by this fruit's blood red interior. The taste is excellent - think orange with a tart hint of berry. Blood Oranges are native to the Mediterranean.
Courtesy of Capay Valley Farm Shop
1 bunch beets, greens removed
2 navel or blood oranges, peeled and sliced in rounds
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced (optional)
2 tablespoons vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
By Heidi Lewis
[The Green Room – Children’s Television Department]
Bunny: “What’s with all the bits of fabric everywhere?”
Bob: “Count von Count from Sesame Street and Count Chocula got into a heated debate. The Count was trying to count the blood oranges in the FruitGuys crate, and Chocula was trying to eat them.”
Bunny: “Silly vampires, blood oranges are for people!”
A hybrid of the Clementine and Orlando tangelo, the Ambersweet is practically seedless. A bit of an oddball, this citrus can be more pyramid than sphere, with pebbly, easy-to-peel skin.
The first of the citrus season, Hamlin are an important juice orange, great cut into slices (or smiles). This improved variety from the Azores Islands was imported by Thomas Rivers in 1865.
Recipe by Rebecca Dienner for The FruitGuys
Beets, 2–3 large or 4–6 small, trimmed and well cleaned
½ cup onion, thinly sliced (yellow, white, red, or green)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Salt and pepper to taste