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In Season Now: Citrus Fruits

November 17, 2015
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Embracing fall doesn’t mean giving up on fresh fruit until warmer temperatures return. Nino’s stocks a full selection of fresh citrus fruits, in season during the cooler months, keeping fresh, quality selections at your fingertips. Whether you need lemons and limes for your favorite holiday punch or clementines for decorating your home, Nino’s has you covered. The following are the citrus crops that will be available in November. They’re all good choices for the holiday season.

Lemons

LemonsLemons pull triple-duty during the holiday season, bringing out flavors in your favorite dishes, livening up cocktails and fall favorites like mulled wine, and providing a feast for the senses as part of your table centerpiece or other fragrant holiday display. Chock-full of vitamin C and potassium and a good source of fiber, they even allow you to have fun with their peels, making candied lemon peels, your own lemon extract and Meyer Lemon Custard Cups. You can also use fresh-squeezed lemon juice to bring out the flavor in your favorite tailgate party recipe. To choose the best lemons, opt for a heavy lemon with a thin, vibrantly colored peel.

Limes

Like lemons, limes can play a role in everything from your main course and side dishes to your favorite cocktails and desserts. Packed with vitamin C, potassium and dietary fiber, they’re a good choice for holiday punch, key lime cheesecake, guacamole dip, and Moscow Mule and Dark and Stormy cocktails. Pick the freshest, ripest fruits by checking the peel. You want a smooth, shiny, lighter-green to yellowish-green lime that is heavy and firm yet gives a bit when you squeeze it.

Limes

Clementines

Clementines are among the favorite citrus fruits during the holiday season. Gift a box of these juicy fruits tied up with a bow or stuff them in your loved ones’ stockings. They’re a great way to satisfy a demanding sweet tooth while getting a healthy dose of vitamin C, vitamin B-6 and fiber. Craft a gorgeous centerpiece with this vibrant fruit to add beauty and fragrance to your holiday décor. Stop by Nino’s throughout the holiday season for a selection of Cutie (from California) and Darling (from Spain) brand clementines. As far as recipes are concerned, use them in everything from your favorite punch and sparkling cocktails to clementine cake and winter spice sangria.

Tangerines

If your loved ones like tangerines, they make a great gift or stocking stuffer come holiday time. Of course, they’re also wonderful to have around for a sweet, juicy snack any time of the day or night. Add them to your holiday punch or mix up a flavorful tangerine spritzer. A good source of vitamin C, vitamin A and folate, they make an excellent choice for fruit baskets as well. Choosing the best is easy, thanks to the fresh, quality selection here at Nino’s. Select tangerines that are heavy for their size and feel somewhere between sort of soft and pretty firm. The peel should be pebbly without deep lines.

Tangerines

Oranges

Far from basic, a sweet, juicy orange is welcome all times of the year, but it may prove particularly exciting during the fall months when the days get shorter and we crave anything that reminds us of sunshine. Providing a potent dose of nutrients in each bite, oranges are rich in vitamin C, potassium and B-6 while providing dietary fiber and even some calcium. Add them to fruit baskets, stuff them in stockings, or give them as a boxed favorite. Like other citrus fruits, they can be used to add color to centerpieces, as garnishments for drinks, in cocktails and in favorite recipes like Nino’s favorite Pure Orange SaladBlood Orange Panna Cotta With Chocolate and Orange Mint. And don’t forget the delicious healthiness of fresh-squeezed orange juice, which of course, we carry right here at Nino’s. Generally, you want an orange that is both heavy and firm. We stock only the best for you at Nino’s.

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Grapefruits

Don’t forget about grapefruit as one of the tasty, nutritious citrus fruits we carry during the fall season. Use it in holiday fruit baskets and in centerpieces, enjoy it along with your breakfast meal, or use it in a delicious glaze for chicken and fish. A single serving contains more than 100 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C for adults and over 50 percent of the vitamin A you need, not to mention fiber and bioflavonoids. And don’t forget its value in holiday cocktails. When picking, go for a grapefruit that has a bit of a reddish hue on the peel, feels plump in your hands and bounces back after you give it a little squeeze. While we’re at it, what’s the best kind of grapefruit juice? If you said fresh-squeezed, ding, ding, ding! You’ve got it. And we have it daily for you, right here at Nino’s.

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 Kumquats

If ever there was a cold season fruit, it’s the kumquat. Full of vitamin C, folate, fiber and calcium, these fruits are often used as ingredients in jellies and marmalades. Though you’d be loath to try this with most other citrus fruits, you can eat the entire kumquat, sweet peel and all. Use them in Honey Kumquat Marmalade, add them to fruit baskets or just eat them raw. They’re fresh and waiting for you here at Nino’s. Choose the ripest, which are not only firm to the touch, but also vibrantly colored.

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Trust Nino’s for high-quality, fresh citrus fruits throughout the holiday season. Want only the best and freshest? It’s waiting for you here at Nino’s.

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