Baking with Citrus

Baking with Citrus

As we enter the late spring and early summer months, it is only natural that our taste buds begin to crave bold, bright, and fresh flavors. While berries and stone fruit are in season during these months, there is just something about citrus that hits the spot. From a glass of cool lemonade to a slice of lime squeezed over tacos, citrus fits warm weather like a glove, and whether you are zesting, squeezing, or slicing your citrus, it is a great way to add a burst of flavor to your baking this season.

Citrus – which includes rind-bearing fruits like oranges, mandarins, lemons, limes, and grapefruit – is a fruit that is not only rich in flavor but is also rich in vitamin C, full of fiber, and can control your glucose levels. Before we dive into some of our favorite citrus recipes, we want to remind readers of a few helpful tips when it comes to eating and storing citrus:

To store your citrus, remove it from any paper or plastic bags and store it in your fridge’s crisper drawer. This will ensure it stays fresh for as long as possible, while also reducing the risk of any mold that could develop on the rind.

If your plan is to eat your citrus within the week, feel free to store it on the counter at room temperature.

Make sure to not cover your citrus! This fruit needs proper air flow to ensure that it maintains its signature freshness.

Baking At Home

With those key tips out of the way, let’s take a look at some of Homegrown’s favorite recipes to bake with citrus. Looking for more recipe inspiration?! Bookmark the Homegrown Organic Farms recipe page for fresh-fruit inspired recipes at your fingertips, always.

Blueberries are in season right now and lemons fall in the citrus category, so this Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cookie recipe is the best of both worlds! Blueberries and lemon make the prefect duo – together they have just the right sweetness from the blueberries balanced by the bittersweet tang of lemon. Pro tip: pair these shortbread cookies with our lemon curd recipe and prepare to be blown away.


These Dairy Free Grapefruit Poppy Seed Muffins are the perfect way to start your morning. Fresh, summery, and full of flavor, we promise this light treat will become a quick favorite.

Grapefruit Poppy Muffins

We would love to know if you ever try your hand at one of our recipes. If you do, please tag @hgofarms for a chance to be featured on our page, and if you are looking for more recipe inspiration, feel free to head on over to our Pinterest. Happy baking!

Cara Cara Whoopie Pies

We would be remiss if we did not include a hand pie on this list of baking recipes. There is just something about pie that fits in your hands that hits the spot, and the flavors of Cara Cara orange in this one are oh-so fresh and tangy. Give our Cara Cara Whoopie Pie recipe a try this summer!