One of the best things about travelling the world is tasting all the great foods out there. Right now we are enjoying the citruses’ high season. Until recently, I only knew the ‘basic’ citrus names. It turned out that there are also shades in between. Here’s what they are.
No surprises here. The good old grapefruit looks and tastes just as expected.
Strangely enough, they call the yellow grapefruit a ‘pomelo’ here. I asked once in a shop and a woman told me that they call it a pomelo because it IS a pomelo. Sorry, not much of an argument there, so this is just a plain yellow grapefruit to me.
There’s something called just ‘orange’. It’s usually small, firm, and sweet.
These little guys are small in size, and extremely sweet. They are slightly elongated in comparison to the regular oranges. The shop assistants are merciless, however. I bring a sweet orange and a similar sized regular orange at the counter, and they are never wrong.
Minneolas were just bad oranges to me (their size and color being my only reference point). It turned out that they are a tangerine – grapefruit hybrid. Which explains their slightly bitter taste, and watery consistence. Two of these can fill a 300 ml glass with juice.
Naartjies are actually tangerines (tangerines and clementines being two different families, says Google). Their Afrikaans name has also been adopted in English. They have a very loose skin, and are sweet and juicy.
And what does one do with all these goodies?