Celebrate all things citrus this month at Central Market. The store’s annual Citrus Fest begins January 9 and will continue through January 22. Get ready to sink your teeth in some bright, flavorful fruits!


This festival will feature cooking demos, tastings and a chance to meet chefs and food experts. Here is a sneak peak of what to expect:

  • Heirloom Navel: The most flavorful Navel orange in the house; Grown using “old line” Washington Navel trees combined with sour and sweet orange rootstock
  • Cara Cara Orange: Discovered in the mid-seventies at La Hacienda de Cara Cara in Venezuela, it boasts asweet taste with a spicy tang reminiscent of raspberries and strawberries. Cook with it!
  • Moro Blood Orange: 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
  • Etrog Citron: Try using etrog as an aromatic for pork or seafood dishes as a bolder substitute for lemon
  • Variegated Pink: Try floating in flower vases for added color; ideal for simple fish dishes and vinaigrettes, due to its characteristic flavor
  • Neapolitan Mandarins: a Central Market exclusive, grown on a very small farm on the edge of Los Angeles County. Flavor is very sweet! It’s harvested only once a year, this seedless mandarin will not be around for long
  • Finger Limes: A new variety in America, limited availability; known as the “caviar lime.” Fantastic for seafood, salads and sauces
  • Melogold Grapefruit: These start out as large green orbs, and turn yellow as they ripen. They have a slightly bitter tang and are very juicy
  • Manderinquat: The hybrid of a Mandarin and a kumquat. It has a pale gold flesh that is tart with a few seeds. You can eat the peel if you’re brave enough!

Check out the official Facebook and Twitter pages before you head over to Central Market to stay updated on the latest daily activities. Find your nearest Central Market store here.

What’s your favorite citrus fruit? Mine is lemon! If you swing by Citrus Fest, feel free to share your pics with us on our Twitter and Facebook  pages.