Yes, Citrus Has a Season and It's Almost Over: 11 Ways to Use Fresh Citrus in Your Cooking

Use your sweet tangerines, oranges, and grapefruits while the flavor is at its best
Yes, Citrus Has a Season and It's Almost Over: 11 Ways to Use Fresh Citrus in Your Cooking

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Use up winter’s citrus with this recipes for indulgent lemon bars.

Let’s compare apples and oranges — they both have seasons, but when is the last time you walked into the grocery store without being greeted by a pyramid of these sweet fruits? Probably never. Our industrial food system is fraught with issues, but it does two things really well: Cheap food and blurring the lines of seasonality.

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Anyone who enjoys a refreshing grapefruit with breakfast every morning may have noticed that their favorite citrus tastes just a little bit sweeter in the winter, and probably that the fruit was grown a little bit closer to home.

Then, there are the more obscure citrus fruits that really are harder to find in the full-on heat of summer, like blood orange and satsuma tangerines. So get your fill of sweet, peak-season citrus fruits while the farmers market gettin’s good, and before you have to wait another year for juicy in-season citrus fruit.

For some cooking inspiration, and a few of our favorite citrus recipes, check out our roundup of 11 recipes featuring everything from tart grapefruit to sweet tangerines.

Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.

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