Citrus Celebration? Count Me In!

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During the winter, my family loads up on Vitamin C. Call it paranoia, but the downtime and general misery left behind by the cold and flu make it more than worth trying to find ways to avoid getting sick. And while vitamin supplements are great, I’d much prefer that we get our vitamins from food.

So when Walmart told me they were having a “Citrus Celebration” and challenged me to try some citrus fruit we’d never tried before, I jumped at the chance.

First, I had no idea there were so many varieties of citrus. Things with unique name like pummelo, and the slightly unnerving blood orange. We typically just buy standard California oranges and the occasional grapefruit. This was a great chance to get a little adventurous.

Moro Blood Orange

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The images on the packaging showed literally blood red pulp inside the fruit. When I cut open my first blood orange, the inside was more orange with tinges of red, which is why it’s not bright red in the photo above. However, every subsequent one was exactly as its name implies — blood red, just like it’s shown on the packaging. More importantly though, they were delicious. Slightly sour, but not bitter. More like the sour candy you loved as a kid and wanted to eat all the time. It had a more intense flavor than a typical orange. Distinctly tropical, almost like berries that were not quite ripe. Unique and delicious.

Cara Cara Orange

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These were the smallest of the fruit we tried. The pulp was a very deep orange, and it was seedless, juicy (though not enough to squirt), sweet and tangy, and easily my daughter’s favorite of the four varieties we tried. In fact, she’s eaten one nearly every day since.

Minneola Tangelo

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These are shaped like tangerines with a “nipple” on top, and like tangerines, the skin was thin enough to peel by hand. This was my favorite variety, close to perfect but for the fact that it contains a LOT of seeds. It was sweet and tasted more like a tangerine than an orange. It didn’t have a lot of pulp, but was incredibly juicy. Like squirt all over the table when cutting or peeling it. I kept thinking it would be perfect for making orange juice. Or would that be Minneola juice?

Pummelo

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I wasn’t sure what to think of this fruit. Its skin is a gorgeous green, and it is bigger than a grapefruit with a thin skin, but super thick rind. When cut in half, the rind created distinct chambers, and the pulp was a beautiful pink. I dare say, this was the prettiest of the citrus varieties. It tasted like a hybrid grapefruit/orange — slightly bitter, with a sweet aftertaste. This was my least favorite of the fruit we tried, probably because I’m not a huge fan of grapefruit. I also love that a single pummelo is more than large enough for the whole family to enjoy.

I’m so happy that we strayed from our typical fruit buying habits to try these. We’ll be buying these again — though probably not at the same time. It’ll be a while before my family can get through all of these, but at least we’ll know we’re getting more than enough vitamin C.

DISCLOSURE: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation for sharing their Citrus Celebration with you. Participation is voluntary and, as usual, all opinions are my own.

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