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!