Citrus is the bright spot in the dead of winter. When it’s cold outside and the holidays have passed winter citrus is your saving grace to helping you keep your New Years resolution to eat healthier. Clementines, tangerines, lemons, meyer lemons, oranges, blood oranges, and grapefruit are just some of the citrus you can enjoy in the winter time. There are also plenty other fruit with winter growing seasons such as kiwi and bananas.
Lots of wonderful things are happening in my kitchen this week. After the heavy holiday entrees and endless sweets, winter citrus is a welcomed sight.
You can thank Martha Stewert for introducing America to meyer lemons. A meyer lemon can be described as a cross between a lemon and a clementine. It is sweeter and has a thinner skin than the average lemon. The meyer lemon has a deep yellow color that is reminiscent of an egg yolk. Meyer lemons can replace lemons in any recipe for a sweeter tartness. I love to use meyer lemons in vinaigrettes, lemon squares, lemon poppyseed bread, and lemon tarts.
Tart and tangy with an underlying sweetness, the grapefruit is traditionally served for breakfast, but I love to serve it in salads or caramelized on some yogurt.
Clementines are enjoyed by kids and adults alike because of their sweetness and portability. They are the perfect winter time snack to brighten your day.