In episode 065 learn what fruit you should be looking out for in the grocery store during the month of January.
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Happy New Year! And welcome to our first episode of the month and the year. Today we are talking about the best fruit to get in the month of January.
For me it all starts with the ever so tasty Sumo Citrus. This is my favorite type of citrus and I can't wait to have my first one of the season. They hit stores this month and will be the most flavorful fruit you will eat. Sumos are a type of mandarin that is easy to peel yet is the size of a Navel orange. They have a rich, sweet flavor that is unmatched.
You will find them coming out of California. In Japan, they are called Dekopan. They are growing them in Georgia as well. Sumo is a trademarked name so they are calling them and excuse me if I pronounce this incorrectly - Shiranui. You can order them from Franklin's Citrus Farm.
This month is all about the citrus. Look for the delicious Cara Cara Navel. It's red on the inside and is less acidic than other Navels. Also the juicy Page Mandarin (sometimes called Tangerines) are in season. While not as easy to peel as other mandarin this one will have you running for a towel.
I would be remised if I didn't mention Florida Honeybells. I am excited that I will be in Florida this season and get to try them as fresh as can be.
In the berry world, Florida strawberries are in season. I am seeing plenty of them down here in Florida right now including the all white Pineberry. It looks like a regular strawberry with the colors reversed. The seeds are red and the rest of the fruit is white. They have unique flavor. I have even been seeing them in ALDI stores down here.
Next I want to inform you on what apples are still tasting good that you can find in the stores. Here is list of what I would buy this month:
⦁ Sugar Bee
⦁ Lady Alice
⦁ Cosmic Crisp
As for grapes, this isn't the best time to buy them at all. We are getting into the time of year where imported grapes are coming in and the flavor is just not there. You may find Cotton Candy grapes that are all the rave in the late summer being imported from places like Brazil. I have not found that they are worth your money.
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🛒 Before You Checkout
What you need to know before you checkout at the grocery store or market:
My advice for buying citrus is to place the fruit in the palm of your hand. Does it feel heavy or light? If it feels light it's likely dried out and should be avoided.
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