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Celebrating Valentine’s Week

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Let’s celebrate Valentine’s all week long with some of nature’s most beautiful pink and red fruit.

The Cara Cara pink navel is one of my favorite citrus to eat out of hand.  Cara Cara’s are usually seedless and the reddish pink color will intrigue your guests.  The sweet flavor is at its peak in February and although it typically goes through March, we anticipate the season ending earlier this year due to the low volumes coming out of the California freeze. Cara Cara’s like navels should not be juiced because of the natural occurring bitter chemical limonin. Earl’s Cara Cara’s are coming from Home Grown Organic Farms in Porterville, CA about an hour north of Bakersfield.

Fun Fact: Did you know that the outside of the Navel and Cara Cara blossom end looks like a human navel?

Cropped Cara Cara

Ruby grapefruits require high heat for the flesh to develop a beautiful pink blush. Earl’s Ruby’s are grown in the warm region of Coachella in Southern California. They are juicy, contain very little seeds, are easy to peel and available from November to March.  I love a simple salad of grapefruit and avocado drizzled with macadamia nut oil and chopped macadamia nuts.

Ruby Grapefuit cropped

Are you looking for something unusual to impress your date on Valentine’s Day? Not only are Blood Oranges incredibly aromatic but the stunning reddish purple color adds a splash of color to any salad and makes a beautiful mimosa or cocktail.  For a fun appetizer place slices of blood orange on a plate and top with dates and goat cheese drizzled with sherry vinegar and olive oil.

Blood Orange The Moro variety is the most popular with flesh that ranges from light organish red to a dark purple the longer it stays on the tree.

The Moro variety is the most commonly found in the supermarket because it develops the most consistent red flesh color when it at its peak flavor. The red flesh color varies in intensity depending on the variety, location where the trees are grown and the degree of fruit maturity. Earl’s Blood Oranges are from Stehly Farms in Bonsall, CA in San Diego County where the hot days and cold nights bring out the best flavor.

Last but not least we have the most popular fruit on Valentine’s Day.  Beautiful red juicy strawberries are fantastic on their own, dipped in chocolate or delicious mixed in a salad with walnuts. Strawberries are the only fruit with the seeds on the outside of the fruit and the average strawberry contains over 200 seeds.  Strawberries are at the top of the dirty dozen list of produce containing the most pesticides so be sure to buy them organically!

Strawberries on a platter resized

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