A Citrus Celebration
The Fresh Pick is a celebration of what’s in season, why it’s special and how you can enjoy it, every day. Here you’ll find familiar flavors and new varieties, useful tips and refreshing recipes that are delicious any time of year.
This month, we’re celebrating the colorful world of citrus. Each fruit we offer is picked at its peak for maximum flavor—ready to peel, juice, zest or preserve, so you can savor every last drop!
Read on, citrus lovers, to learn about some of our favorite fruits, how to keep them fresh and how to incorporate them into your sips, snacks, sweets and savory entrées.
Fruits On-the-Go: Golden Nugget Mandarins, Clementines, Ruby Tangos
Whether you’re packing a lunch, grabbing a quick bite for breakfast or soothing afternoon hunger pangs, these lovable fruits are easy to peel and perfect for quick, on-the-go snacking.
Golden Nugget Mandarins have a golden-orange skin and easily segmented flesh, with extremely sweet flavor and no seeds. We can’t wait to share these juicy treats with you in early March!
Clementines are also incredibly easy to peel. A hybrid between a Mandarin and Sweet Orange, the Clementine boasts light, bright flavor that’s sweet and satisfying.
Ruby Tangos are another hybrid—between a Clemenules Mandarin and a Blood Orange—and are conveniently seedless, with a beautiful, vibrant red hue beneath their skin.
When Life Gives You Lemons: Lemonade & Meyer Lemons
Think all lemons will make your lips pucker? Think again!
As you might guess from their name, Lemonade Lemons are sweeter than the rest. Simply squeeze them in water for a refreshing drink with no added sugar. These lemons also make for delicious salad dressing, especially paired with tart ingredients like green apples.
Enticingly aromatic and super juicy, Meyer Lemons are slightly less sweet than Lemonade Lemons, but much sweeter than your average lemon. They’re also less acidic, making them ideal for milder-flavored baked goods. Try their zest in marinades and cocktails for a sweet, fresh kick.
Bright Ideas: Cara Cara, Heirloom Navels, Blood Oranges & Red Grapefruit
We love the sensory delight of these delicious oranges and a gorgeous grapefruit that all remind us of summer sunshine.
The Cara Cara balances the sweetness of other Navel Oranges with a delicate flavor reminiscent of fresh berries.
Our Heirloom Navel Oranges are grown from rootstocks cultivated for over 100 years for their taste, so you know you’re about to enjoy something truly delicious!
If you like your citrus dark and mysterious, our Blood Oranges are prized for their juicy flesh and deep pigmentation.
Red Grapefruits are another vibrant favorite, rich in vitamins C, A and lycopene, a powerful antioxidant.
Prolong the life of your fruit
- Don’t store your citrus in an airtight container or bag. It needs air circulation to stay fresh.
- Don’t rinse it until you’re ready to use it. And don’t store your fruits on top of each other, as this can create moisture and lead to mold—no one wants that!
- Store your fruit in a cool, dry place. If you plan to eat it in a few days, keep it on a countertop that does not receive warmth from sunlight or heat from your oven.
- It’s okay to store your citrus in the fridge crisper drawer. If you don’t plan to use it right away, this can be a great option to extend the life of your fruit for at least a week. Just be sure to bring the fruit to room temperature before using it. This makes for the most juice.
- Pro Tip: Citrus zest and juice freeze well and should last roughly 6 months, so you can keep some on hand for future recipes.
Citrus Sweets & Elegant Teas
Our citrusy desserts are delicious on their own. Add a comforting mug of hot tea, and you’re in for a treat! Serve these elegant pairs at your next small gathering, savor them for breakfast or add a little everyday luxury to your afternoon downtime.
1Lemon Bars & Paromi Earl Grey Tea
Our mouthwatering Lemon Bars are one of the most popular desserts from our bakery. The sweet, tart filling and traditional shortbread crust pair nicely with Paromi Earl Grey. This tea features Assam black tea infused with bergamot and has a vibrant bouquet with bright notes of citrus—delicious with fruity desserts!
2Lemon Poppyseed Muffins & Teapigs Mao Feng Green Tea
Lemon Poppyseed Muffins are easy to love. So is Teapigs Mao Feng Green Tea. Pair our lemony bakery treats with a hot or iced cup of this delicate brew—it’s more approachable than other green teas, with notes of peaches and apricots and a summery freshness that works beautifully with lemon flavors.
3Key Lime Pie & Taylors of Harrogate English Breakfast Tea
Creamy desserts pair nicely with black teas, including our Key Lime Pie (also available as a tart). These classic confections are made with fresh egg yolks, rich condensed milk and Nellie & Joe's Famous Key West Lime Juice. A brisk cup of antioxidant-rich Taylors of Harrogate English Breakfast Tea makes the perfect complement.
4Key Lime Bar Cake & Harney & Sons Paris Tea
Indulge in all the delicious flavors of a classic key lime pie, with the elegant presentation and soft texture of white layer cake. Serve a slice of our Key Lime Bar Cake with Harney & Sons Paris tea—a fruity black tea with flavors of vanilla, caramel and a touch of lemony Bergamot. The combination of flavors is irresistible!
5Cranberry Orange Pound Cake & Rishi Chocolate Cinnamon Tea
For something a little more decadent, try our Cranberry Orange Pound Cake with Rishi Chocolate Cinnamon Tea. The moist cake and fruity, sweet flavors contrast the rich cocoa essence of Rishi Tea. Each cup showcases enticing chocolate, sweet Saigon cinnamon and fresh-chopped vanilla bean—no sugar or milk required!
Zesty Citrus Recipes
The flavorful world of citrus is big, colorful and full of potential—especially when you think beyond a glass of orange juice or bright lemon vinaigrette. We love those things, too, but there’s something to be said for roasted leg of lamb infused with fresh herbs and bold citrus, or tuna in lemon butter dill sauce with almonds and zingy capers, or roasted Cara Cara Oranges topped with caramelized brown sugar, honey and pistachios. Curious about citrus? Scroll down for these recipes and more.
Starters & Salads >
These crisp salads and apps are a flavorful, refreshing way to start any meal. Our Pea Crostini with Lemon Ricotta combines garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, fresh mint and peas for a perfect balance of flavors. We also have refreshing salads that bring the brightness of citrus to succulent seafood favorites.
Citrus-Inspired Entrées >
From salmon and tuna to chicken and lamb, these proteins pair perfectly with bold citrus flavors. For a show-stopping main dish, try our recipe for Citrus and Herb Roasted Leg of Lamb, enhanced with a winning combination of fresh herbs, orange and lemon.
Something Sweet >
Love fruity desserts? These sweet and tart treats take the cake. Keep it simple with Roasted Cara Cara Oranges—brown sugar, honey, pistachios and a little heat are the only ingredients you need to make magic happen. We also have an elegant, delicious cake and creamy trifle.