Why Citrus Is Totally Underrated in Your Kitchen
During the summer months, everyone always goes crazy for fresh in-season berries and stone fruit. Magazines encourage you to pick local blueberries, and restaurants feature peach varietal tasting menus. The bounty of summer’s produce is one of the greatest things about the season; everyone talks about it, and no one can get enough. However, nobody ever gives citrus, the fruit of winter, the same love. Citrus is the most underrated fruit in the kitchen—but it shouldn’t be! Since lemons and oranges are available year-round, many people don’t realize that they have a season and that it’s now, in the winter. However, if you live in a warmer climate like California or Florida, you’ll know that the Meyer lemon and grapefruit trees are weighted with jewel-like fruit this time of year. To encourage you to experiment with citrus, the least appreciated fruit around, here are some delicious and innovative citrus recipes you need to make while limes, oranges, tangerines, kumquats, and mandarins are in season.
Who doesn’t love a buttery, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookie? Certainly not me! This recipe takes the classic shortbread and elevates it to out-of-this-world levels by adding lots of lime zest and dried cranberries. For a real citrus treat, serve the shortbread with a dollop of homemade lime curd.
Follow this recipe to marinate chicken with a liberal pour of fresh orange and lime juice. We promise it will be wildly delicious!
Last year I celebrated the New Year in Palm Springs. One of the greatest things about the house I was staying in was that it had a grapefruit tree filled with ripe juicy fruit. We must have drank a million salty dogs, a mixture of fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and good-quality vodka. It’s a simple drink, but when made with fresh juice, there’s nothing quite like it!
Lemon zest provides a slight tartness to baked goods like this almond cake with crème fraîche glaze. It’s a beautiful dessert that would be the perfect finish to a low-key dinner party at home.
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What is your favorite use of in-season citrus?