9 Types of Citrus That Aren't Your Ordinary Lemons and Limes

Food Love: Winter
9 Types of Citrus That Aren't Your Ordinary Lemons and Limes

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January 11 2021


Ever heard of Buddha's Hand? Or seen a pink lemon? Get ready to learn the different types of citrus available at Hy-Vee and discover a few of our favorite recipes ... with a twist. 

Also check out 12 Citrus Recipes to Cheer Up Winter Weeknights.

  1. Variegated Pink Lemons

    Real-deal pink lemonade is what you’ll get with this distinctly striped lemon. It has minimal seeds and a puckery tart flavor that makes it perfect for juicing into your favorite citrus beverage. When sliced, it’s petal pink flesh makes a lovely addition to pitchers of sparkling water.

  2. Sunkist Cara Cara Navel Oranges

    Theses have a bright orange exterior similar to a navel orange with an interior that is deep salmon-pink. Juicy and sweet, they have flavors of grapefruit and tangerine. Look for fruit that feels heavy for its size without soft spots. Store at room temperature for 1 week or refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

  3. Sumo Mandarins

    These seedless mandarins are the same size as oranges with a distinctive knob at one end. They are bright orange, easy to peel, juicy, and sweet. Look for mandarins that feel heavy for their size and are bright in color. Store in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.

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  4. Buddha's Hand

    Buddha's Hand Citron
    Buddha's Hand: This finger-like citrus fruit is coveted for its aromatic zest.

    This gnarly finger-like fruit contains no juice or pulp but is instead used for its fragrant zest, which has flavor described as lemony, bitter, and sweet, with notes of lavender. Use it to infuse vodkas or to flavor salt or sugar. It’s also often candied or used to make marmalades. The zest can even be frozen in an airtight bag until ready to use.

  5. Moro Blood Oranges

    Known for their deep purplish-red flesh, Moro blood oranges have a sweet-sour flavor with a hint of berry. They are lower in acid than many varieties, making them delicious and easy-to-tolerate snacking fruits. Look for fruit that is heavy for its size and store at room temperature for about a week, or in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

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  6. Sunkist Pummelos

    This over-sized citrus fruit definitely stands out in a crowd. It can range from tangy-tart to spicy-sweet in flavor, and the peel is 1 to 2-inches thick, varying in color from yellow, green, or pink. Look for skin that is plump and free of wrinkles and blemishes. When pressed, fruit should spring back. Store 2-4 days at room temperature or 5-7 days in the refrigerator.

  7. Melissa's Key Limes

    Smaller than regular limes, key limes, sometimes called Mexican limes, are greenish to yellowish and have smooth thin rinds. Intensely aromatic, key limes are fantastic in cocktails and, of course, pies.

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  8. Neapolitan Tangerines

    Small in size, these seedless tangerines are known for their thin orange skin and sweet and juicy orange-like flavor. Look for tangerines that are semi-soft, have a deep orange color, heavy for their size, and have a sweet smell. Store at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.

  9. Sunkist Meyer Lemons

    Smaller in size with a smoother, thinner rind when compared to a traditional lemon, Meyer lemons have a deep brilliant yellow color and are highly fragrant, floral, and sweet. Use them like you would ordinary lemons, but expect better, brighter results. Look for firm fruit that is neither dried out, shriveled, or blemished. Store at room temperature for 3 weeks, or place in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 4 weeks.

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