The Organic Citrus Box: Delivering a Dose of Sunshine to Your Porch Box
While it may be gray and chilly here in the Northwest, The Organic Citrus Box will brighten up your week! In collaboration with Organically Grown Company, enjoy a delicious and fun assortment of citrus and get that boost of vitamin C.
Every couple of weeks, Organically Grown Company will put together a new box featuring four to five different varieties as they are harvested at their peak from the groves of California. Pick a favorite and discover something new - from the tiny, sweet-tart kumquat to hefty, aromatic pummelo and every type in between!
What's Inside This Week's Box
Starting with deliveries on Wednesday, January 19th. Selection may vary depending on freshness and availability.
Cara Cara Navel
Likely a cross between a Washington and a Brazilian Bahia Navel, the Cara Cara navel was discovered in Valencia, Venezuela. The balanced flavor of this seedless variety, described as a mix of tangerine and grapefruit with mild berry notes, will win your heart and taste buds. Its salmon-pink flesh is ideal for juicing and fresh eating. Cara Cara is a delicious way to get in that daily dose of vitamin C!
Moro Blood Orange
Moro blood oranges are known as the “connoisseur’s citrus.” This orange is originally from Sicily and is common throughout Italy. The appearance of organic blood oranges in January, beginning with the Moro variety in your box, indicates the heart of citrus season has arrived! With raspberry, pomegranate, and plum notes, this variety begs to be shaken into a cocktail, baked into a decadent cake, or segmented into a colorful winter salad.
Rio Star Grapefruit
Super sweet, juicy, and deliriously delicious organic Rio Star is a standout grapefruit variety grown only in Texas! Its ruby-red flesh is high in natural sugar, making it the perfect pick for eating fresh out of hand, segmenting into a salad, or juicing.
When a Minneola tangelo was introduced to a Clementine mandarin, the delicious organic Page mandarin was born. Resembling a petite orange, this mandarin boasts a complex, sweet flavor, thin skin, and a size that makes it perfect for snacking one or more at a time. Its alluring aroma perfumes your kitchen while waiting to be peeled and enjoyed!
A quintessential variety, Navel ticks all the “classic orange” boxes. The common orange cultivar that graces our home countertops is the seedless, flavorful, and easy-to-peel sweet navel orange. Unlike other orange varieties, you can quickly tell navels apart because of the navel-like formation found at one end of the fruit.
Winter Citrus Salad
What you need
- 2 Moro blood oranges
- 1 Rio Star grapefruit
- 1 Navel Orange
- Salt, to taste
- 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp. sherry vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. honey
- Lemon juice, to taste
- Pomegranate arils and freshly chopped mint, for garnish
Peel citrus and remove as much of the pith as possible. Slice into wheels and remove any pits. Layer onto a serving dish and sprinkle with salt.
In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, sherry vinegar, honey, and lemon until combined. Drizzle over salad and garnish with arils and mint.
Blood Orange Margarita
Fresh blood orange juice gives a classic margarita a punch of color.
What you need
- 1 lime wedge
- 1.5 oz. silver tequila
- 0.5 oz. orange liqueur
- 0.5 oz. fresh lime juice
- 0.5 oz agave nectar
- 1 oz. fresh blood orange juice
To make it a mocktail, replace tequila and orange liqueur with sparkling water.
Pour salt on a plate. Run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass and dip it into the salt.
Add tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, agave nectar, and blood orange juice into a cocktail shaker, followed by 1 to 2 cups of ice.
Give it a good shake and strain over a glass filled with ice.
Garnish with a slice of blood orange. Enjoy!