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In this episode learn what the best fruit to buy this month is as we head into the shortest month of the year.
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Now onto today's episode.
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Right now it's all about the citrus. And for me the top things I am looking for at the store are Sumo Citrus mandarins and Heirloom Navel orangees. Sumos are the size of a Navel orange but peel like a mandarin. When you get yourself a good one, it's really hard to find anything that would taste better. I prefer to wait until February to start buying them even though you can get them in January.
My favorite place to buy Heirloom Navels is Trader Joe's. Look for the Sky Valley brand. These navels are grown in the traditional way to produce a better tasting piece of fruit. They have a thinner skin, making them easier to peel, but they don't store as long as the regular Navels that you find year round. You must get the heirloom ones during the winter months.
Pomelos are great option for those that would like less bitterness in their grapefruit. I can eat a sweet pomelo straight up on it's own without having to bury it in sugar. This month is when the appropriately named Valentine Pomelo comes out. It's a cross between a pomelo, blood orange, and a mandarin. The fruit is red on the inside and you can peel them like a mandarin.
Sadly, they're not widely available. At least not yet. The only place I ever got. One myself was that specialty produce in San Diego. But I heard from Melissa's Proteus that they distributed some to. Heinen's grocery store located mainly in the Cleveland, Ohio, and Metro Chicago areas.
It's been one of my favorite grocery stores to visit when I'm in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Great place for produce. You need to check it out.
Lately I have been seeing strawberry prices finally come down in stores. This time of year we get strawberries from California, Mexico, and Florida. They are going to be your best value berry this month. If you want a different kind of strawberry experience look for white pineberries. They are a strawberry that is white when it ripens, not red. It has it's own unique flavor. If you like dipping strawberries in chocolate for Valentine's Day it's would love amazing to have both red and white strawberries for a beautiful contrast.
As far as apples go this month, I got a bag of Sugar Bee apples at Costco that were really good and for about $1.25 a pound. Cosmic Crisp are another variety I am buying right now because I can count on them being crisp.
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Finally I wanted to talk about grapes. I have been getting large packs of Candy Dreams and Candy Heart grapes at Costco. These are really yummy, fruity grape varieties that you find in Grapery's Gum Drop line during the summer. Right now these grapes are coming out of South America and while they aren't as good as what you get in the summer, they are miles ahead of your regular old red, green, and black grapes you find in the produce department.
Thanks everyone for listening to today's episode. I look forward to bringing you brand new episodes starting in March. I know you are going to love them.