By Eliza Short, Communications Coordinator for Jackson In Action
As the winter weather continues, it is increasingly difficult to find produce that will stay fresh for a long time after purchasing. Fruits and vegetables are shipped from locations that have warmer climates, which increases the amount of time from harvest to eating. By looking for produce that is in season in the winter, one can save money with longer lasting fruits and vegetables.
Citrus fruits such as grapefruit, oranges, clementines, lemons, and limes are in season during the winter. These delicious fruits are a great source of vitamin C, and contain other healthful nutrients such as fiber, potassium, folate, and small amounts of calcium. In coordination with Jackson in Action Coalition, Black River Memorial Hospital is highlighting clementines in their monthly Harvest of the Month initiative. Join Black River Memorial Hospital Registered Dietitian Ruth Lahmayer Chipps for a Harvest of the Month celebration on Tues. Jan. 26th from 11:30 – 12:30. Taste tests and recipe ideas will be provided. Below are some ideas of how to incorporate more citrus into one’s diet, including a tasty salsa recipe!
- Clementines are a small and simple snack to include in a lunchbox
- Spice up a salad with wedges of a clementine or chopped up orange
- Add a natural sugar substitute to grapefruit such as stevia, which is derived from a plant
- Make a citrus smoothie with a banana, an orange, and strawberries
- Chop up a variety of fruit to make a fruit kebab, which can be dipped in yogurt for a snack
- Change up a classic breakfast oatmeal by adding clementines, pecans, and craisins
- Flavor water with sliced oranges and lemon
Mango Clementine Salsa
- 1 mango, diced
- ½ cup red onion, minced
- 3 clementines, peeled and cut in chunks
- ½ (or 1) jalapeño pepper, minced
- ½ lime, juiced
- Option: 2 T chopped cilantro
Directions: Combine ingredients. Add more or less jalapeño pepper, depending on preference. Serve with tortilla chips or in a wrap.