On the left, the mysterious Buddha Hand, used primarily in cordials and medicine

As promised in January 5′s Seasonal Pantry, here are photos of the DeSantis Farm citrus available at the Santa Rosa farmers market on both Wednesdays and Saturdays, along with links to many of my favorite citrus-based recipes from the Seasonal Pantry Archives.

Tiny Calamondini have sour flesh and edible sweet skin

Texas lemons are big and sour, perfect for jam and marmalade

Do you have a favorite way to enjoy citrus, especially rare or uncommon citrus? Please share it here.

The best way to get to know unfamiliar fruits is to taste, taste, taste and then let your palate and imagination guide you

Citrus Salad

Spaghetti with Clams & Lemon

Bulghur Wheat Salad with Parsley & Lemon

Heloise Frost’s Breakfast Marmalade

David Lebovitz’s Seville Orange Marmalade

Meyer Lemon Marmalade

Cara Cara Oranges with Olive Oil, Black Pepper & Maldon Sea Salt, with several variations

Cara Cara Oranges, Fennel & Onions, with Pecorino, Speck, Olive Oil & Fennel Pollen

Orange, Pomegranate & Arugula Salad with Bellwether Carmody

Frisee with Grapefruit, Avocado & Crab

The highly coveted Seville Orange, one of the best fruits for marmalade

Dungeness Crab with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Sweet limes are remarkably smooth, with none of the pucker-effect of more acidic citrus

Crab Cakes with Fresh Lime Juice

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  1. Rayne

    What great timing! A neighbor just gave us a bag of small oranges and I didn’t have a clue what to do with them. Now, not only do I know what they are – calomondinis – I have some ideas on prep and presentation. Thanks MicheleAnna!

    January 14th, 2011 10:23 am

  2. Dominique Ridley

    The Farmer I work with just introduced me to Paige Mandarins. I used to be in love with Satsumas, but these Paiges are packed full of unbelievable flavor. They taste like the perfect cup of fresh squeezed orange juice, tangy and sweet. I cannot wait to experiment with them. (Lee got them at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, the grower is south of Fresno). I will be keeping my eye out for those at the local farmers market for sure!!

    As far as one of my favorite citrus recipes: I love beet and citrus salad. You can combine slices of any citrus, the more diverse the better, and multicolored cooked beets, sliced, tossed with a vinegarette of your choosing. You can add lettuce or italian greens, goat cheese, or other crumbly cheese, you get the idea. The base is so simple and delicious, and the variations almost endless. I think it is one of my favorite winter salads.

    January 14th, 2011 10:44 am

  3. Marion

    Yum! Hard to think of anything brighter and more cheery than the scent, or taste, of a citrus fruit. The ‘Hand of Buddha” is an intriguing fruit, and spaghetti with clams and lemon sounds like the perfect light winter meal, warm, zesty and comforting.

    January 14th, 2011 11:59 am

  4. Elisabeth

    My pomelo tree is loaded with fruit. Mostly we just eat the peeled segments. However, now I am trying to make the Pomelo marmalade, Recipe is from a recipe in your column some years ago. Citrus is my winter garden joy.

    February 20th, 2012 12:11 pm

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