There is still plenty of citrus in the markets, so before it goes away until next year I wanted to talk a little about Oranges.
Oranges are one of the greatest members of the citrus family. Nutrients in oranges are plentiful and diverse. The fruit is low in calories, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol, but is rich in fiber.
Oranges, like other citrus fruits, are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and other antioxidants. They also contain minerals like potassium and calcium. Oranges are in season from October to February/March, (depending on the variety) although I am still seeing these delicious beauties everywhere. Some varieties of sweet oranges are Valencia, Navel, Persian variety, blood orange, and Cara Cara.
I'm IN LOVE with Cara Cara oranges right now!
Oranges can be kept at room temperature for a week or so. They will also stay fresh for a few weeks in the refrigerator.
Celebrate the goodness of oranges while they are still around! Here are some of my favorite orange recipes:
Orange Salad with Arugula and Spinach
Simple Asian Salad
Blood Orange and Pear Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Caribbean Chicken Salad