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Have you voted? [13 May 2010|01:34pm]

On a side note (but still very citrus), Ive cast my vote today.
Mountain Dew Distortion, With an explosion of lime flavor. White Out already has its lemony counterpart in Squirt, But the closest thing to Distortion is Stewart's Key Lime (also very good).

Remember, Every vote counts!

And oh, Ive also introduced my homie Matt to the ever so sweet and juicy, Always bleeding blood orange, And the ugli. Ive found a store that has them both year round.
Unrelated, Ive also tried a star fruit. Tasted almost just like a green apple.
But Ive also had the citrus giant, The pummelo. From the same store. Nobody else would enjoy it with me so I eventually gave it to my parents (it was near Thanksgiving). They have compost, If nothing else.

Just for fun [11 Mar 2009|09:15pm]

[ mood | good ]

So, As I was shopping today, I got a craving for some fresh fruit.
I always double check for uglis in the produce area (I would buy them any chance I get), But I havent seen any in years.
But this time, For the first time, I decided Id try something different. Not so different, But different nonetheless. Today, I bought two minneola tangelos for the first time, And Im actually eating my first one right now.

Not such a mild or sweet flavor as the ugli tangelo, But rather more like a tart tangerine.
I like, But I still crave an ugli.
(Seasonally, Id only seen uglis at SCOTT'S in the late Autumn. But I want one nowww!)


Better than Gold [23 Jun 2008|07:06pm]

On a recent trip to California, I encountered my new favorite citrus fruit the Oro Blanco, also known as the Sweetie. It has the most amazing aroma that it gives off without even being peeled. The flesh is delicate and flavorful and the absolutely most satisfying fruit I have ever eaten. Now I just need to find where I can get some in Massachusetts. (Yes I did bring four pounds of them back on the plane with me!)
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Missing: [23 Jun 2008|06:18pm]

[ mood | hungry ]

Ive been to at least three stores now (SCOTT'S and WAL-MART) with displays and banners out in the produce section for uglis... With no ugli fruit!
I dont know if youve tried any, But the ugli fruit is deliciously sweet and ever so slightly tart. A seasonal fruit, Theyre only found in stores for a short time each year. Where have they gone?
And for citrus' sake, Why do they tease me with the signs, With no actual uglis?

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Overhang? [14 Feb 2008|01:29pm]

[ mood | pleased ]

Have you ever had a long night of drinking, And then in the morning have an enormous urge to drink juice?

Well guess what! Thats the best thing to do.
I always used to buy a carton of Tropicana Orange with Some Pulp the morning after a drink. But that was just because of an intense craving; I never did any research until just recently. Turns out the vitamin C and enzymes in combination with the rehydration is the best thing for the morning after.

Got a hangover? Drink an orange!


Citrus Fruits [03 Oct 2006|05:56am]


In an effort to make this community worth the username, I will officially try to post to it once a week. In that vein, I delivered this speech on citrus fruits to my English class in May of 2006:

When you are at the market, you may not notice the humble citrus fruit, but it’s there and it’s waiting for you! Don’t think that they are just for breakfast! Citrus fruit is lovely at any time of day. Citrus fruit is so versatile that you can have it on any occasion. No matter whom you are, one of the myriad varieties of citrus fruit will appeal to you. Citrus fruit can come with you anywhere. No need to wash, just peel and eat! Open yourself to a world of oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits and pomelos and experience a happier, healthier you!

            Let’s go on a journey together. Let’s look at the citrus inside and out. The fruit itself is gorgeous. Imagine sitting down to the table and eating a sunrise. Think about a perfectly ripe grapefruit – a thin stripe of yellow, a band of white and a blushing pink core. Or take half a blood orange and marvel at the slow progression of color from a delicate light orange to deep blood red. The world of the citrus fruit is full of the happiest colors on earth. Add some citrus to your diet and add a splash of orange, a blush of pink, a streak of green, a ray of golden yellow or a hint of the deepest red. The appeal of the citrus fruit isn’t just that of taste or aesthetics. There’s a reason why so many perfumes contain citrus notes – the scent of citrus evokes summer, happiness and pure joy. Next time you peel that orange take a deep breath and experience it for yourself.

            Beyond being enjoyable to experience, the citrus fruit is full of intangibles. Aside from being fat and sodium free, citrus fruit is a delicious source of energy and vitamins A, C and K. It’s not just vitamins; citrus fruit is an excellent source of dietary fiber, potassium and folic acid. The health benefits that come from citrus fruit are almost as numerous as the kinds of citrus available. A diet rich in citrus fruit has been shown to help prevent cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, and birth defects. The consumption of citrus fruit helps the body absorb iron, leading to a decreased risk of anemia. Antioxidants such as those found in citrus fruits can also help prevent the formation of cataracts. Citrus fruit can also improve cognitive function in adults, so next time you’re thinking about polishing an apple for your teacher; turn your thoughts towards an orange instead.

            So how do you know what citrus fruit is right for you? For me it’s the blood orange. I can remember eating the perfect blood orange. Perfectly ripe all around, a red so deep it was almost purple all the way through. Juicy but not messy, it had the familiar citrus tang but something more, a fruity undertone, similar to that of the pomegranate. To this day, I can remember how wonderful it tasted and how happy it made me. Maybe the blood orange isn’t what you look for in a fruit. Don’t think that the wide world of oranges isn’t for you. If you think that you don’t like oranges you just haven’t found the right one yet. If you like your fruit sweet and seedless, you might want to sample the Shamouti variety. Prefer something juicy? Try the navel or Valencia. Perhaps you’re the kind of person who eats for convenience. Don’t just settle for a banana, next time you’re on the go take an easy peel orange. These oranges have thin easy to peel skin which makes them some of the most portable fruits ever. If you’re a fan of sweet fruit, try the Michal or the juicy topaz. Want a strong flavored fruit? The Temple orange is for you. Or, if you’re the kind of person who’s in the middle of the road try the sweet and tangy Minneola. Really into convenience? Not to fear! There are oranges that are not only easy to peel, but seedless too! The Or, Murcott, Suntina and Winnola are sweet and juicy and for the sweet and tangy crowd, there’s the Satsuma. Not so into lugging around a full size orange? Bust open a box of Clementines and take this miniature citrus with you anywhere there’s a need – or scurvy!

            Still not taking a shine to oranges? There’s a whole wide world of grapefruit available to you! Ruby red, pigmented or white, no matter what kind of sour you can tolerate there’s a grapefruit to suit. If you like to live on the edge and test your taste buds to the limit, go for the sour and juicy white grapefruit. Make things tangy with the red grapefruit or go sweet and sour with pigmented grapefruit. Just not the kind of person who likes a sour fruit? You don’t need to shut yourself away from grapefruit, just try a hybrid. The sweetie is as large as a grapefruit, but its as sweet  as the giant asian pomelo.

            More intrigued by the sound of the pomelo than grapefruit or orange? Next time you’re looking for some fruit, steer yourself towards some of the less well known citrus varieties. The giant, sweet pomelo isn’t the only exotic citrus fruit out there. Go biblical and take a tangy citron in your lunch. It’s perhaps the oldest citrus fruit still around today and is delightfully tangy. Want something tangy and unusual? Lay your hands on one of Buddha’s and try the exotic and lemony Buddha’s hand. Take a miniature approach and go for the kumquat – you can even eat it with the skin. If you’re into hybrids, try the limquat, a kumquat with the tangy edge of lime! Looking for a really unique hybrid fruit? Try the Ugli fruit, straight outta Jamaica! This hybrid of the grapefruit and the tangerine is mild and sweet enough for even the most cautious eaters. Citrus fruit doesn’t even have to be enjoyed straight up – add a tang to anything by squeezing on lemon or lime or throw your favorite citrus into juice or a smoothie.

            Don’t leave yourself vulnerable to scurvy! Make the most of such a delicious way to improve your health. Take advantage of an easy and tasty way to keep up your five-a-day and add fiber and vitamins to your diet. No matter what your tastes are, there’s a citrus fruit with one to match. Enjoy a citrus with breakfast or lunch. Add a sweet surprise to your salad by tossing in pieces of citrus fruit. By now you may have guessed that I am a citrus fruit enthusiast, and I hope that after hearing my speech and embracing the citrus family, you will be too.


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[09 Feb 2006|10:43pm]

At one point I had to stop eating oranges because of the perfect blood orange, but seeing them in season a few weeks ago spurred me to start having them for lunch again. Yesterday, to my dismay I found that on my orange peeling thumb, the thumb is pulling away from the nail : (. So much for my few weeks of citrus bliss.

And I'm giving an inspirational speech on citrus fruits in a few days!

Time to get ugli! [23 Dec 2005|11:58am]

[ mood | good ]

Well, Theyre back in season, So yesterday I went to Meijer and picked up a pair of ugli fruit!

Theyre freakin delicious!
I saw them last winter and wanted to try them, But they stopped carrying them just in time for my paycheck!

I must definately reccommend them. Theyre just plain good!
Sweet and mellow, They taste almost melonish. Not sour at all.

Now quick! Everyone go and try an ugli!


The juiciest possible [14 Sep 2005|01:26am]

[ mood | content ]

Earlier this summer, Somebody gave me a few oranges from their tree in Florida.

Straight from their backyard, I took one home and cut it in half. But I didnt bother cutting it any more.
I remember that because it squirt me in the face on the first swipe.
When I bit into the flesh, It was pure heaven. It was the juiciest, Sweetest orange I had ever tasted! Florida oranges are famous, I know that, But I never knew why until that day.

I could describe the taste as being extra sweet, Almost tangerineish, But not quite.
For every one of those oranges, I wish I had a straw, Because they were so juicy, I bet I could actually stick in a straw and dring the whole orange like a Capri Sun.
Like a casaba melon, Every bite I took you would hear a loud slurp. If I didnt, I would have juice running down my shirt like those Gaterade commercials.

I will never forget the Florida Orange

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[07 Apr 2005|06:31pm]

i feel like i should update:

once i ate the perfect blood orange.it was perfectly, evenly ripe a deep burgundy all around. i stopped eating blood oranges after that.
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[15 Mar 2005|05:07pm]
[ mood | citrus-like ]

Mmmmm. Citrus fruit.

I love the citrusyness of it.


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