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Jan 3, 2011 02:08 PM

Awesome citrus at Arax, including bitter oranges

Brief report:

Tangerines, Myer lemons, Satsuma, Blood Oranges, Red Navels, various grapefruit, Clementines, sweet lemon (Arax is the only place I have ever seen this unusual refreshing citrus) and bitter oranges; sure I am forgetting a few.

We are in high citrus season! Get 'em while they are fresh.

Still a little early for Mineola and the other grapefruit cross whose name is eluding me.

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    1. thanks so much for the alert. I need that citrus! and I can stop by Sophia's for more yogurt and maybe finally try the falafel at Fordees!

        1. re: gourmaniac

          Didn't seem em yesterday, but they had em last week. They usually do. Call ahead. I also see Pomelo at the Asian groceries...

          1. re: gourmaniac

            Russo's has lovely pomelos right now, in the citrus section across from the checkouts. Some of them are the size of a bowling ball.

            1. re: gourmaniac

              asian markets almost always have pomelos. i saw plenty of them the other day at the c-mart in chinatown

              1. re: gourmaniac

                HK Market (Super 88) has pomelos.

                1. re: gourmaniac

                  most chinese supermarkets will have pomelos now. chinese new year is coming up on feb. 3 and this is one of the fruits we use to celebrate.

                2. Russo's sometimes has sweet lemons. I have gotten them there several times over past years. Truly yummy stuff.

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                  1. re: PinchOfSalt

                    yes and bitter oranges which are marvelous with black beans.

                  2. The bitter oranges were FULL of flavor. Put the zest in my cocktail bitters and froze the juice.

                    The Satsuma were great as are the clementines.

                    Why can't we get a tasty blood orange in the USA? The ones I've had here are a shadow of the ones you get in Spain and Italy.

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                    1. re: StriperGuy

                      Two years ago, I bought a fruit (is it a grapefruit???) at C-Mart.
                      It was mixed with the pomelos. It was yellow outside, like a lemon. Pulp was the same color as a lemon. Probably would have been the size of a pomelo if
                      it wasn't flatten (top and bottom part) so that it looked like a rounded disk. It was sweet. the best thing ever. I don't know if this would be a sweet lemon?
                      I was about to grab a pomelo when a chinese customer told me I should take the yellow one because it was sweet. she was so right. It wasn't dry as some pomelos.

                      1. re: missbidon

                        Think those are just a different variety of Pomelo. Essentially a big flattish yellowish (instead of green) Pomelo.

                      2. re: StriperGuy

                        Last year Coscto sold bags of blood oranges from Sicily. The oranges were delicious and the bags were not overwhelmingly huge. A big win.

                        Also, for the past two years, Costco has sold bags of citrus fruits labeled "Sweeties" (or something like that) from Israel. They are a variety of pomelo. Although the bags claim that all the fruit are already ripe, my experience been that the more yellow ones are definitely sweeter than the ones that are green. These are incredibly good. Unfortunately, they are on the floor at Costco for maybe two weeks before they disappear. So, last year I just bought as much as conscience would allow and feasted on them just about every day until they were gone. (FWIW I shop at the Waltham Costco.)

                        Finally, be on the look-out for Honeybell mineolas from Florida. These are a named variety that (to me, at least) are sweeter and juicier (to the point of drippiness) than all other mineolas. Years ago there were organic ones offered yearly at WF but they have not made an appearance the past few years or I just missed them there. I would see them at Russo's, but not the last year or two. The good news is that Wilson Farm has been carrying them every year. They are definitely worth the special trip.

                        Wilson Farm
                        10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

                          1. re: PinchOfSalt

                            Thanks for the info on the Honeybells. I snagged my first minneolas of the season at Whole Foods in Fresh Pond a couple of days ago. They are just labeled "Sunkist" and are extremely juicy but not particularly sweet or flavorful. I'm often at either Wilson's or Russo's, so I'll watch out for them.

                            1. re: bear

                              At Wilson's they may or may not be labeled as Honeybells, but you can identify them by two things. First, they tend to be ugly - there may be patches or networks of russeting, as compared with the beautiful pure orange Mineolas with the Sunkist label. (They are also a more yellow-orange than Sunkist.) Second, they are sometimes a bit on the softer side. Perhaps retailers feel that their customers will only buy fruit that looks and feels perfect, which might be causing them to shy away from Honeybells even though a tastier alternative is available.

                            2. re: PinchOfSalt

                              Went to the Waltham Costco today and was very nicely surprised to see that Sweeties have arrived! Bought two bags and will be returning for more when those are gone...