• “Hydro”-Therapy

    Drink­ing water dur­ing the win­ter sea­son is cru­cial. One hardly feels thirsty dur­ing win­ter months, but stay­ing ahead of cold sea­son requires some good old fash­ioned “hydro-​therapy”.

    Often neglected dur­ing the win­ter sea­son, keep­ing one­self hydrated is of utmost impor­tance. In light of stay­ing healthy and pro­mot­ing opti­mal well­ness, explore the ben­e­fits of warm or hot water.

    The biggest ben­e­fit may be from the mere tem­per­a­ture of the water and not even any added fla­vors (lemons, gin­ger, mint, etc.). Drink­ing any water, espe­cially warm water, the first thing in the morn­ing can help flush the diges­tive sys­tem and rehy­drate the body.
  • Blood Oranges

    Not much grows in the win­ter besides pota­toes and cit­rus fruits. From the won­der­ful king­dom of juicy, tart, and sweet cit­rus, Blood Oranges rule them all. This week, David John talks about these rich-​colored flesh fruits.
  • Bright & Tangy

    Tart and tangy, with an under­ly­ing sweet­ness, win­ter grape­fruit offer bright­ness to the cold days of Jan­u­ary.

    This juicy piece of cit­rus shines by pro­mot­ing good nutri­tion while deliv­er­ing a zippy taste.

    Orig­i­nally known as “the for­bid­den fruit”, grape­fruit made its way to the United States in the early 1800’s via the Span­ish and French set­tlers who brought seeds to Florida.

    From there, Span­ish mis­sion­ar­ies are cred­ited for bring­ing grape­fruit west to Texas, Ari­zona and Cal­i­for­nia.

    Although avail­able year-​round, they are in sea­son and at their best from win­ter through early spring.
  • Cit­rus Boom

    The first cit­rus trees were planted in south­ern California’s boun­ti­ful mis­sion gar­dens not long after the state was first set­tled in the late 18th century.

    Through­out the 1800’s, cit­rus trees became more pro­lific in The Golden State. Orange groves popped up in what is now bustling down­town Los Angeles.

    Fast for­ward 150 years and Cal­i­for­nia is now the nation’s lead­ing sup­plier of fresh oranges, lemons and man­darins. It is esti­mated that more than half of all Cal­i­for­nia res­i­dences have a cit­rus tree on the property.

    Cit­rus is part of California’s cui­sine, land­scape and econ­omy. Com­mer­cially grown cit­rus con­tributes $3.3 bil­lion in eco­nomic activ­ity and employs more than 22,000 indi­vid­u­als in California.
  • Gold Nuggets

    Before we know it, Cal­i­for­nia grown cit­rus fruits will have to make room for cher­ries, berries and stone fruits. For now, the plea­sure is in cit­rus.

    Good news then that Cara Cara and blood oranges are not the only hand fruits we can indulge in for the next few weeks.

    The Golden Nugget man­darin is an excep­tional, late sea­son vari­ety that is worth the recent atten­tion and new found pop­u­lar­ity.

    Char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally, it is roughly rounded in shape and rather bumpy in exte­rior tex­ture. Its skin is golden orange, aro­matic and easy to peel. Its eas­ily seg­mented flesh is deep orange, ten­der, juicy, extremely sweet and always seedless.