new citrus fruits debut in stores

by Diane Lofshult on Jun 23, 2010

Food for Thought

Coming to your supermarket this summer is a bevy of citrus fruits that should sweeten and surprise your palate. Here’s a look at five rising stars in the citrus family:

Buddha’s Hand Citron. This pale yellow, 6- to 12-inch fruit has a thick rind and is split into segments that resemble fingers. But don’t be put off by its strange appearance; this sweet-smelling variety is used by innovative chefs in marmalades and crème brûlées.

Cara Cara. This variety of navel orange has a pinkish orange peel and a reddish tint. With its tropical scent, it tastes like a cross between cranberries and cherries.

Meyer Lemon. While not new, this Chinese variety of citrus is becoming more commonplace in markets thanks to its tangerine-like sweetness, which blends perfectly with its lemon tartness.

Yuzu. This East Asian citrus fruit looks and tastes like a palm-sized grapefruit blended with subtle hints of mandarin orange.

Pomelo. Also called a “pumelo,” this soccer ball–sized grapefruit variety is juicy and low in acid. Its pale pink fruit combines the taste of grapefruit with notes of lime and jasmine.

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Diane Lofshult

Diane Lofshult IDEA Author/Presenter

Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach, California. Reach her at lofshult@roadrunner.com.