The Weekly Produce Update
What’s Good, What’s Fresh, What’s Hot!
February 12, 2016
Honey Tangerines are the sweetest citrus right now!
The sweet, burnt orange, squat little fruits we all crave have finally showed up at The Produce Station! Florida Honey Tangerines are the sweetest tangerine variety and are coveted for their full-bodied, honey-sweet flavor. Their season only lasts from January through April, so grab these little juice bombs when you see them! Keep in mind that they won’t last very long after you buy them, so you’ll want to make sure you purchase smooth and heavy feeling Honey Tangerines just before you plan to eat them.
Try our House-Made Honey Tangerine Juice too!
Florida Temple Tangerines!
Spicy, sweet, and a little sour. These tangerines are fairly juicy, so grab a few to use for cocktails! Try this recipe from Bon Appetit for their Tangerine and Rosemary Cooler!
Gold Nugget Tangerines!
Not to be confused with similar looking honey tangerines, these dark orange fruits are a hybrid fruit whose parents are the Wilking and Kincy tangerine varieties. These tangerines are characterized by their rough outer skin and high juice content, about 50%. They’ve got a richly sweet, full-bodied flavor. You’re going to want to stock up for juicing and eating out of hand, Gold Nugget tangerines are considered to be one of the very best flavored citrus fruits in the world!
Heirloom Navel Oranges are like candy!
It should come as no surprise to see old school, heirloom fruit varieties in our store! Long-time regular customers know that we spend tons of time seeking out the tastiest, most unique fruit varieties to share with you. If you love a BOLD citrus taste, with mild acidity, go for the heirloom navels this weekend. They almost taste like orange candy!
Blood Oranges will make your dishes POP!
Blood oranges are known for their blushed, juicy flesh and reddish orange skin. This variety has a distinct, sweet flavor with a hint of raspberry! While most of us are attempting to eat a little healthier this time of year, we don’t have to skimp on flavor or color (we all eat with our eyes first, right?) Blood orange segments will make your salads, tacos, pancakes, and fish dishes POP with bright color!
Melogold Grapefruit are the perfect morning treat!
Known as the very sweetest grapefruit variety. The sweetest grapefruit flavor lies underneath their thick, golden skin and hefty pith. When zested, Melogolds’ exude a gorgeous, perfumed citrus fragrance. “MeloGold grapefruit are the sweetest of all varieties, making them ideal for eating fresh. Use in salad or fruit dessert preparations. Pair with other citrus, fresh herbs, lavender, goat's milk or blue cheeses, potatoes, legumes and bitter greens. Use olive oil, honey, vinegar, salt, sugar or chiles to enhance the grapefruit flavor.” - See more here.
California Clementines are super sweet!
When you’re craving a little pip of citrusy flavor, grab a clementine from Cali! Sweet, just a little tart, and JUICY! If you’re feeling experimental, grab a couple of Satsumas for a side-by-side comparison! Which little citrus fruit do you prefer?
Cara Cara Navel Oranges are a perennial favorite!
Cara Cara oranges originated at the Hacienda de Cara Cara in Valencia, Venezuela. This variety have a bright orange peel and an absolutely lovely raspberry-pink colored flesh. They taste sweet, with undertones of cherry and a low acid profile. Very juicy and best when eaten fresh, Cara Caras are great in cooked sauces or citrus salads!
Seville Oranges are a retro-favorite!
These ugly looking oranges are known for their SOUR flavor and great versatility! Famously sour, tart and sometimes bitter- Seville oranges are just right to use in sweet marmalade recipes like this one. Just make sure you separate the rough skin, pith and plethora of seeds before use in recipes! P.S these guys are also AWESOME to use in liqueur recipes!
Bunch Arugula should be destined for pizza tonight!
Snappy and peppery baby arugula makes a great salad, sure, but wait until you get your hands on these large and leafy arugula bunches! We love these rustic and hearty greens for tearing onto prosciutto and goat cheese pizzas or for using as a base under perfectly roasted chicken or even a fried egg! Get creative!
Canary Melons can be used for more than just boring fruit salad!
You’re in luck because these BRIGHT yellow, oval-shaped melons are perfectly ripe for eating this weekend! You know they are ready to eat when they are smooth and shiny with no green spots on their outer skin. Their pale flesh is similar in texture to ripe pears. Try cubing one melon then tossing with tangerine, orange, and grapefruit segments. Drizzle with a vinaigrette made with 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger, 2 tbs. fresh lemon juice, ½ tsp. honey, and freshly ground black pepper.
Sea Beans look crazy and taste wonderful!
You can use these where you would green beans or asparagus. They’ve got a nice crunch which makes them an ideal salad topper. We also recommend using them with seafood dishes like steamed mussels and clam pasta dishes. But be careful! These guys are naturally SUPER salty, so be sure to reduce the amount of salt you use!
What else is tasting GREAT right now?
Knob Onions, Honeybell Oranges, Red Grapefruit, White Grapefruit, Meyer Lemons, Baby Brussels Sprouts, Snow Pea Sprouts, Quince, Jerusalem Artichokes, Mini Knob Onions, Beta Sweet Maroon Carrots. Shelled English Peas, Purple Potatoes, Rhubarb, Watercress, Tommy Adkin Mangoes, Baby Lacinato Kale.
Produce subject to change without notice! We like to keep things FRESH and buy produce fresh from the Eastern Market daily, which means we will never have an enormous amount of anything. If you're interested in a large quantity of an item, please call us to place a specail order (734) 663-7848 or email email@example.com!