Easily distinguishable by the navel mark on the base of the orange, which actually is a small twin fruit. The navel is arguably the best orange for eating out of hand, both easy to peel and seedless. However, do not use the navel orange to make juice, as high levels of limonin in the flesh will leave you with a sour juice.
With thin skin that is difficult to peel, these oranges are primarily used for their juice!
Cara-Cara Navel Oranges
Similar to the regular navel orange outside, but inside you’ll find a flesh that varies in color from pinkish orange to pinkish red. Another seedless orange, great for snacking with a sweet flavor due to low levels of acidity.
Shockingly beautiful when cut into, these oranges boast a brilliant maroon or dark red flesh. They are similar in apperance to a typical orange, just a bit smaller, and sometimes with a reddish blush appearing on the skin. Although a little bit more difficult to peel, it’s worth it for a taste of this sweet, almost raspberry-tasting orange.
A deliciously sweet treat. Also similar in appearance to a tiny orange, but distinguishable by the apperance of a loose skin. This makes for easy peeling, but the flesh underneath is delicate, so handle this one with care.
Clementines look just like a tiny orange, and they are also excellent for tiny hands! They’re easy to peel, juicy and slightly sweet.
Recognizable by their large shape, yellow skin and bright red flesh.Red grapefruit falls on the tangier, more bitter side of the spectrum then some of the other winter citrus. Delicious sprinkled with sugar and broiled, or added into a winter salad!
A very small and oval shaped fruit with skin similar to an orange. This citrus is unique in that the flavor is best when eaten whole or sliced with the skin on, as the sweet skin, and sharp flesh compliment each other well.
A hybrid citrus between a mandarin and a kumquat. It is also quite small, with an almost pear-like shape. Like the kumquat, it is best eaten in it’s entirety to balance sweet and tart flavors.
Another hybrid, a cross between the key lime and the kumquat. Very small, and oval shaped with a yellow or green skin. Also best eaten peel and all, however they are quite tart and might be best used whole in recipes, or for their juice.
You can distiguish a meyer lemon from a regular lemon by their size and shape. Meyer lemons are noticably smaller and rounder. Meyer lemons are less acidic than regular lemons and much sweeter.
Larger even than a grapefruit, pomelos are usual somewhere between a pale green and yellow color. They have a very thick skin, with flesh that is whitish, pinkish or somewhere in between. They take some time to peel and seperate from their membranes, but once you do, they are great for out of hand eating, or putting in salads!