Oranges and soft citrus are just coming back into season to bring a little colour to winter days. Packed with vitamin C and fibre, they make for a great snack. Soft citrus, such as satsumas, are easy to peel and generally seedless, making them easy to eat and pretty convenient for a lunchbox.
Whether you eat them fresh, use their juice or bake them in the oven, oranges and soft citrus are the go-to fruits this season.
Here’s how you can use them:
- Add segments to your fruit salad
- If you’re roasting lamb or chicken in a deep dish in the oven, slice one or two oranges in half, squeeze the juice over the meat and then place the halves in the dish while the roast is in the oven. The citrus gives a lovely sweet but subtle flavour to the end product
- Add orange zest to cake batter or to couscous
- Add orange or soft citrus zest to icing sugar. You could even add a little juice to the icing mixture
- Use thin shards of the peel as a garnish on soups or in salads
- Remove the peel from an orange and slice into thin slices. Place in a pan with a little sugar
- Use segments of a small citrus such as a naartjie in a salsa
- Make a fruit compote using orange juice and zest
- For something delicious to share with friends, bake a thin pizza with tomato base until crispy. Remove from oven and then top with rocket, parma ham and sweet citrus slices. Top with black pepper
- Make orange marmalade