These wonderful deep green oranges caught my eye at the markets the other day. Oranges usually mean the winter is right around the corner and with the slight chill in the Manila airâ€¦it must be orange season. Dalandans, calamansi, dayap and other citrus plans are all fruiting in abundanceâ€¦ According to the Purdue University website, this wonderful orange (citrus reticulata var. Satsuma) is a member of the Mandarin family that is characterized by an easy-to-peel skin. The fruit itself can have a deep and intense flavor though quite a few fruit do tend to be â€œlemonsâ€ in that they can be dry and tasteless. These particular Satsumas were grown in Nueva Vizcaya, the avowed citrus capital of the countryâ€¦
I used the fruit in a locally grown fennel and orange salad. Just cut the fennel into very thin slices (I use a mandoline) then put orange segments (without the pulp) and some orange juice from the fruit, olive oil salt and pepper. This is an extremely easy and delicious salad to make. I found that the Satsumas also looked great as part of a fruit basket. I purchased four fruit at the market and they came out to about PHP80 or less than US 40 cents each!