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The Citrus Grove!
SUNNY CITRUS – It stands to reason that on the coldest, darkest days of winter, we are obsessed with citrus fruits such as lemons, Clementines, Navel oranges and Key limes – which are at peak season this time of year.
Citrus fruits were once very rare and a symbol of wealth and power. The fruits arrived in America in the late fifteenth century with the Spanish explorers who kept them on board to combat scurvy. The warmer southern regions of the New World, especially the Caribbean, Florida, and the southwest, were perfect for growing citrus trees.
The first citrus fruit we know of was citron, which was followed by the lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, and mandarin. Today markets are abundant with pomelos, kumquats, clementines, and blood oranges – each with a slightly different fresh tart taste.
Citrus fruits are wonderfully low in calories and sodium and high in vitamin C. With a fresh flavor and natural sweetness, citrus pulp, zest, and juice can be used in endless ways to enhance sweet and savory dishes.
This easy to assemble and cook dinner will become a family favorite for sure! Try Ina Garten’s Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken.
“I love fresh citrus and always keep lemons, limes and oranges on hand; they come in handy for spritzing up quickly grilled meats, seafoods, and vegetables, especially when followed up by a quick drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.”
~ Emeril Lagasse