Comparing Winter Citrus

In the cold of winter, citrus is refreshing, delicious and supports our health. Luckily for us, winter is the peak season for some of the most delicious and nutrient-dense citrus fruits. Here’s how they compare to each other.


Type of fruit: Red grapefruit

Taste: Tart and tangy with an underlying sweetness

How to eat: Cut and eat plain or sprinkle with sugar. You may also add to salads, juice it, add it smoothies, or grill it.

Peak season: October-May

Health benefits: High in antioxidants, including vitamins A and C, and fiber; other benefits include vision and immune support, as well as cholesterol maintenance





Type of fruit: Blood Orange

Taste: Sweet and mellow

How to eat: Peel and eat! Also great in salads, juices or smoothies.

Health benefits: High in vitamin C, which provides immune support and helps your body absorb iron; also high in fiber

Peak season: December-May




Type of fruit: Clementine

Taste: Sweet

How to eat: Peel and eat! Bonus: they’re seedless

Health benefits: Contains nutrients like calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous

Peak season: early November-End of Jan/Beginning of February





Type of fruit: Cara Cara navel oranges

Taste: Sweet, slightly tangy

How to eat: Peel and enjoy! They’re also great in smoothies or a fresh-squeezed glass of juice.

Health benefits: Excellent source of vitamin C, fiber and folate

Peak season: November-April





Type of fruit: Kumquat

Taste: Start off sweet with a sour explosion.

How to eat: Simply pop them into your mouth, rind and all.

Health benefits: High in potassium, vitamins A and C, and fiber

Peak season: November-March




Type of fruit: Lemons

Taste: Sour

How to eat: Add slices to water, squeeze juice into soups, sauces and drinks, rub onto pork chicken or fish, bake into cakes, muffins, or cookies…really the possibilities are endless.

Health benefits: Contains nourishing elements like vitamins C, E, A and B6; also high in calcium, magnesium and iron

Peak season: December to March



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