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SeaView’s Citrus Varieties


Citrus Calendar & Availability





Availability: August through February

Lemons are an oval yellow fruit used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world. Native to Asia, the lemon is primarily used for its juice, though the pulp and rind (zest) are regular ingredients for cooking and baking.

The average lemon contains approximately 3 tablespoons of juice. Allowing lemons to come to room temperature before squeezing (or heating briefly in a microwave) makes the juice easier to extract.

Lemon juice is used to make lemonade, in soft drinks, and as a marinade for both fish and meats. Lemon slices and lemon rind are used a garnish for both food and drinks.



The grapefruit is a subtropical citrus tree known for its fruit, an 18th-century hybrid first bred in Barbados. The fruit has become popular since the late 19th century; before that it was only grown as an ornamental plant. The United States quickly became a major producer of the fruit.

Availability: October through December
The Cocktail Grapefruit was developed in 1966 less than 90 miles from the Coachella Valley in Riverside, California in 1966. Its unique flavor, early and long season, and prolific nature have led to an increasing popularity for this variety.

Oro Blanco
Availability: October through December
Possibly the sweetest grapefruit available, the fruit of the Oro Blanco is tender and juicy, and peels easily. This variety lacks any of the typical bitterness of a grapefruit.

Availability: October through June
Prized for its beautiful deep red color and exceptional flavor, the nearly smooth skin of the Star Ruby grapefruit sports a characteristic dark pink, pretty blush. Having one to six seeds, inside is an intense deep, rich, red flesh that delivers an absolutely delicious sweet-tart flavor. The redder the flesh, the sweeter the taste.

Availability: October through April
The Rio Red grapefruit has become one of the most popular citrus fruits in the market. It has so few seeds that it is considered a seedless variety.



One of the most popular and universal citrus fruits sold throughout the world, the orange and its “cousins,” the mandarin orange, tangerine, and tangelo are all rich in vitamin C. The fruit is technically a hesperidia, a kind of berry, and consists of several easily separated, juicy sections, each containing seeds. The fruit is typically covered by a leathery skin, which contains numerous oil glands. 

Orange trees are evergreens and seldom exceed 30 feet in height. The leaves are oval and glossy with white, fragrant flowers that produce essential oils used in flavorings and perfumes.

Availability: January through April
Primarily grown for processing and orange juice production, Valencia oranges are one of the most popular varieties of oranges available within the United States. Valencias have an excellent taste and internal color, making it appealing for both commercial and fresh markets.

Availability: January through March
The Sour or Seville orange has a bitter taste and is commonly used as an ingredient in commercial recipes such as marmalade. It is also commonly used in ethnic dishes ranging from Southern Indian (where the unripe fruit is pickled) to Latin America (where the juice is used as a marinade for meat) and Scandinavia (where the bitter orange peel is an ingredient in gingerbread). In the United States, the peel of the sour orange is becoming more popular with chefs who like to use it to challenge taste buds and is a common ingredient in producing bitters.

A member of the orange family, the Mandarin is easily peeled with the fingers, starting at the thick rind covering the depression at the top of the fruit, and can be easily split into even segments without squirting juice. This makes it convenient to eat, as utensils are not required to peel or cut the fruit. During Chinese New Year, Mandarin oranges are considered traditional symbols of abundance and good fortune. During the two-week celebration, they are frequently displayed as decoration and presented as gifts to friends, relatives, and business associates.

Availability: December through February
The Royal Mandarin is one of the larger sized seasonal specialty fruits available. Easy to peel with a spicy-sweet flavor, they are red-orange in color with a slightly rough skin.




The tangerine is an orange-colored citrus fruit, a variety of the Mandarin orange. Tangerines are smaller than most oranges, often less sour or tart than that of an orange, and usually much easier to peel and to split into segments.

Good tangerines will be firm to slightly soft, heavy for their size, and pebbly-skinned with no deep grooves. While most commonly peeled and eaten out of the hand, the fresh fruit is also used in salads, desserts, and main dishes. Becoming more popular throughout the United States, fresh tangerine juice and frozen juice concentrate are commonly available.

Availability: December
The Fairchild is known as the "first of the season" tangerine due to its "zipper skin." The fruit displays a good orange exterior with a bright orange interior. The texture will vary from smooth to somewhat pebbly.




The tangelo is a citrus fruit that is a hybrid of a tangerine and either a pomelo or a grapefruit. It is believed to have originated in Southeast Asia over 3,500 years ago. The fruits are the size of an adult fist and have a tangerine taste. Very juicy, to the point of not providing much flesh, the tangelo produces excellent and plentiful juice. Tangelos generally have loose skin and are easier to peel than oranges. They are easily distinguished from oranges by a characteristic knob at the top of the fruit.

Availability: December through January
Most Minneola tangelos are characterized by a stem-end neck, which tends to make the fruit appear bell-shaped. Because of this, it is called the Honeybell in the gift fruit trade, where it is one of the most popular varieties (but the proper name is Minneola). The fruit is of the Minneola is quite juicy, is usually fairly large, and its peel is relatively thin, making the fruit easy to peel.

Availability: December through January
This early maturing tangelo is noted for its juicy, mild, sweet flavor. Orlandos are flat-round in shape and larger in size. This variety has a slightly pebbled texture, good interior and exterior color, very few seeds, and a tight-fitting rind.

Sweet Limes
Availability: October through March

Sweet limes have a unique flavor because they have less acid than ordinary limes. They can be eaten like any ripe fruit, and with their sweet, mild flavor are ideal for juicing. They can also be sliced and added to water instead of lemon, added to a citrus salad for extra flavor, or can be substituted in instances that would normally call for a lime.

It is not known where or how the sweet lime originated, but it is thought to be a hybrid between a Mexican-type lime and a sweet lemon or sweet citron.

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