Winter is the season of yummy citrus fruit and you really can't be mad at winter for that! My world has been brightened ever so slightly in the last few weeks by eating oranges. While it is possible that I need to get out more, I suggest that you not miss out on these citrus beauties!
The top photo is of the Cara Cara orange, my personal favorite. Below that is the lovely Moro orange, also known as the blood orange. They're both in season now and have been on sale at several places that I shop so I thought I'd share the good news! In addition to being extremely tasty, they're packed with fiber as well as vitamin C and A which are always great to increase in your diet to help fight off winter colds. Personally, I also feel like since I've recently been eating a wide variety of citrus fruits the way I feel about winter is a little less dismal; but maybe that's just my imagination.
In my opinion, the Cara Cara is the perfect blend of sweet with a just hint of tart. They are lower in acid than regular naval oranges and I find them to be just a little softer texture. Also, they don't have seeds, which make them quite wonderful to eat. Their pink flesh is a bit deceiving because they look more like a ruby red grapefruit, but when you taste a Cara Cara, it's much more delicious.
Blood oranges on the other hand, have a striking deep red jewel colored interior, and are also very good in a different way. You will notice the tart flavor first, followed by an almost berry like sweetness. They don't have seeds either and have an easy to peel skin.
These oranges are best eaten right off the peel, but they're also great incorporated into salads, salsas, desserts, and drinks as well. Here's a few simple ways to include them in recipes...
citrus & avocado salad- citrus rounds, avocado slices, red onion slivers with a citrus vinaigrette
citrus salsa to accompany pan seared fish
citrus pound cake- add a little fresh juice or zest into a pound cake recipe and/or mix the juice with powdered sugar for a citrus glaze topping
winter citrus salad- a variety of citrus fruits segments mixed with a few chopped mint leaves and a honey lime dressing.
and of course one of my favorites....
Blood orange martini/margarita- juice some blood oranges and use it with your favorite citrus martini or margarita recipe