They're Coming: Out of This World Citrus

They've been spotted already. Limequats, Bergamot Oranges, Rangpur Limes. These out of this world citrus have traveled from far off places and are ready for a close encounter of the fruit kind! We know you want to believe, so come to Citrus Fest Jan. 11-24 and see for yourself. 

Here are a few of the citrus fruits that will land at your Central Market:
Satsuma Mandarins - The season's first mandarins herald the arrival of cheerful winter citrus. Easy to peel and nearly seedless with a flavor of classic tangerine and hint of the tropics.
Heirloom Navel Oranges - This is the taste of childhood! Heirloom Navels are grown using the same "old lines" that made California citrus famous. We promise these will be some of the best oranges you have ever tried.

Cara Cara Navels - This pink-fleshed orange has a hint of berry flavor and nicknamed the "power orange" because of its exceptional levels of vitamins A and C, and the antioxidant lycopene.

Moro Blood Oranges - Originally from Sicily and common throughout Italy, Moro blood oranges are the connoisseur’s citrus with a complex raspberry flavor. They’re generally deep red (almost black!) inside. Truly other-wordly!

Page Mandarins - The superb taste of the page mandarin must come from the fact that it is a cross between a Minneola and a Clementine Mandarin. The sweetness and dense pulp definitely make this worth the effort of peeling.

Meyer Lemons - Glossy, vibrant yellow Meyer Lemons are a must have ingredient for the savvy home cook. Think about Meyer Lemon Risotto as a foray into this versatile lemon.

Kumquats - Like an inside out orange, the Kumquats have a sweet skin and tart, slightly bitter inside. Try candying for desserts or creating a simple syrup perfect for cocktails. 

Austrian Finger Limes - These spectacular little pickle-shaped limes are full of juicy pearls of citrus "caviar" that pop in your mouth and make any dish a little more extraordinary.

Etrog - Try using etrog as an aromatic for pork or seafood dishes as a bolder substitute for lemon.

Cocktail Grapefruit - This super-sweet grapefruit has the sweetness of a Mandarin and flavors of a Pummelo. No extra sweetener necessary!

Make sure to make your way beyond the produce department for this event, as almost every department has taken this opportunity to perk up their offerings, like citrus marinated chicken breasts in the Market and Citrus Pasta Salads, and Savory Tuna Salad with Capers and Arugula in the Chef's Case.And don't even get me started on the bakery,with Lemon Chess Pie, Limoncello Pound Cake, Orange Cranberry Bread, and so much more!

Want to drink your citrus? We've got two unique and exciting new citrus beverages for you to try! Citradelic Exotic Lime Ale is a crisp, refreshing golden ale bursting with Persian Lime, fresh coriander, and a hint of cracked black pepper. Bishop Grapefruit Mint Cider is full of juicy grapefruit flavor topped off with a hint of mint. Funky, right? They're total conversation-starters and totally tasty. 

Remember - Citrus Fest is January 11- 24. You don't want to miss this out of this world festival! 
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