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April, 2008

Originally introduced to the U.S. in the mid-19th century, the Kumquat has been familiar in Japan and China for thousands of years. Pixie Tangerines are very sweet tangerines while Key Limes are smaller and rounder than common limes.

Kumquats
Kumquats
Originally introduced to the U.S. in the mid-19th century, this ancient fruit has been familiar in Japan and China for thousands of years. These tiny citrus are bright orange and shaped like an egg. They are completely edible. The sweet, thin rind offsets the tart flesh. They are great as a snack or even when candied. Kumquats are generally available year-round with a few gaps in growing regions. Kumquats are best when kept refrigerated. They should have bright orange skin with no blemishes. They are very low in calories and have about 50 calories in a 3½ ounce serving. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin C.





Pixie Tangerines
Pixie Tangerines
Pixie Tangerines are very sweet tangerines. They are a cross between a King and a Dancy tangerine. These tangerines are not only sweet and delicious, but they are also seedless and have very low acidity. They make delicious juice or snacks. Pixies were once considered a backyard fruit; only grown in small gardens and local areas of California. They were not commercially grown. Because of their great taste and attractive characteristics, they have grown in popularity. They are now available from Melissa’s throughout the U.S. Like most tangerines, they are an excellent source of vitamin C and they also contain potassium, vitamin A and folic acid. They can be stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks, but they are best when eaten immediately.




Key Limes
Key Limes
Melissa’s Key Limes are small, delicious citrus fruits that are available year around and are very versatile. Key Limes are smaller than a common lime, and look rounder than a common lime. They have several seeds and are very fragrant. Key Limes are used in many tropical cuisines throughout the world; limes are a staple of Mexican, Caribbean, Central and South American, African, Indian, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian and Pacific Island cooking. Generally limes are used to flavor or enhance recipes. They are also used as a tenderizer for meats or as a marinade. Key Limes are delicious in drinks, adding a touch of flavor to whatever you add a fresh squeeze to. Try a squeeze in your favorite dish and you will be pleasantly surprised. Key Limes can be stored at room temperature or stored in the refrigerator for a longer shelf life. Always rinse any citrus fruit before slicing and using in recipes or drinks. Limes are a good source of vitamin C. Click here to see what's "In Season" at Melissa's!