Citrus fruit is near its peak and ready to perk up dishes. Here, citrus salad with chopped dates and walnuts.
Citrus fruit is near its peak and ready to perk up dishes. Here, mandarin orange and ginger-baked tofu.
Citrus fruit is near its peak and ready to perk up dishes. Here, ruby red grapefruit, hearts of palm, and shrimp salad.
A quick and easy way to prepare grapefruit is to slice all the skin off and then section or slice the fruit.
January is all about citrus fruits.
- Tips for citrus
With a wide variety of citrus fruit at its peak, here are a few ways to prepare and store it:
Juicing: You can get more juice out of limes (or lemons) by microwaving them for 20 seconds or by rolling them around under your palm on the countertop. As you press down, the segments break down, releasing more juice. You can also use a fork to poke the segments. Freeze any leftover juice in ice cube trays. Once frozen, place the cubes in a freezer bag.
Zesting: This means to remove pieces of the outer rind of the fruit (lemons, limes, oranges, etc.). The rind has aromatic oils that enhance and flavor foods. The white pithy part under the peel is bitter.
If a recipe calls for the “zest of one lemon,” that means to remove strips of rind from the whole lemon. If the recipe calls for grated lemon zest, you should grate the rind on a box grater, a zester or a rasp-style grater.
Store thin or wide strips of lemon zest and grated lemon zest in a freezer-safe container or plastic sealable bag. It will keep for several months.
Segmenting: Here’s an easy way to cut oranges and grapefruits into segments. Use a serrated knife to cut a slice off each end of the fruit, revealing some of the flesh. Stand the fruit on one cut end. Starting at the top of the fruit and cutting to the bottom, slice off pieces of peel along with the pith (you will get some of the flesh), following the curve of the fruit.
Once you’ve removed the peel all around, cut off any remaining pith. To cut into segments, hold the fruit in your hand over a bowl to catch the juices. Cut on each side of the membrane all the way to the core to cut out the segment. Once you have cut out all the segments, squeeze what you have left to release more juice.
— Detroit Free Press
Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013 4:30 am
Things are looking bright and sunny in local grocery stores, thanks to the sweet citrus selection this time of year.
And after weeks of heavy holiday meals, it’s time to lighten the load with citrus. Eating more fruit is a great way to kick the new year off on a healthy note and cook in season.
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