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What’s in Season:
Southeastern Citrus

What’s in Season: <br>Southeastern Citrus
Written by Anthony Mirisciotta

Taste of Citrus

The return of cooler air to the Southeastern U.S. brings one of the most luxurious and snackable fruits of the year. The tangy sweetness and well-rounded acidity of Southern citrus is about to arrive, delighting those who venture beyond the rind.

The Seville orange was most likely the first variety to reach the shores of North America, as it was brought to Eastern Florida by the Spanish at the end of the sixteenth century. These fruits, along with others, were quickly dispersed and replanted throughout the Southeast. There is historical record of oranges being grown in Charleston gardens as far back as 1737, which means nearly 300 years of citrus growing in the Lowcountry. These vibrant, exotic, and flavorful fruits were historically held in high regard, often being made into wine, dessert, or simply as the centerpiece of a dinner table.

Like the peach, citrus fruit originated in Southeast Asia before being handpicked and sent around the world. A variety of trees can still be found growing throughout the lower Southern states in various gardens and backyards, as well as in greenhouses throughout the region. We have the luxury of enjoying the tang of more numerous citrus varieties grown regionally, starting in October with the potential to run into the new year. Reach for a new variety this season and explore what has been tantalizing and captivating our palates for thousands of years. The easy to peel, delectable Owari Satsuma Mandarin grows well in our region and has been a favorite for generations.

Recipes with a Taste of Citrus

Winter Citrus Crostada

 

Orange Meringue Pie

 

Citrus Pomegranate Salad with Sherry Gastrique

 

Satsuma Dreamsicle Ice Cream

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