Bright and sweet citrus fruits like oranges and tangerines come into season in the warmer climes of North America during the winter months and bring juicy relief to winter diets.
Citrus fruits begin to come into season in November and, for the most part, continue until June. look for oranges and tangerines that feel heavy for their size and have thinner rather than thicker skin for the variety. Store them in a cool but not chilled spot. Most of these are fabulous for eating out of hand but consider cutting them into "supremes" for a more elegant presentation.
Oranges and tangerines are different varieties of the same species. Oranges are larger and tarter, while tangerines are, as a rule, smaller and sweeter. The skins of tangerines tend to be looser, making them easier to peel. Tangerines and clementines are classified as mandarins. Clementines are the smallest member of the mandarin family.
Blood oranges are famous for their deep red flesh. The inside flesh can vary in the depth of color. From the outside, it may or may not have a bit of red blush on their otherwise orange skins.
This variety is a smaller orange, quite sweet, and best used as fruit (rather than juice), if only to show off its beautiful color, like in a citrus salad with mint.
Blood oranges are not widely available in North America but can be found at specialty markets during its season from November through March. The bigger the orange the sweeter it is.