It takes time to wrap your head around the citrus fruit varietals available organically throughout the year. When they are actually in season? With this guide, you’ll begin building a solid foundation of understanding Homegrown Organic Farms’ seasonality.
An important note, our citrus varieties may change as the years go on. Change is never easy but we promise you, this is for your benefit! Our growers are always looking for the tastiest, most desirable fruit that you’ll love to bite into.
We intend to keep this guide up-to-date as our fields and acreage evolve.
Being our largest category, we offer many citrus varietals with availability that spans throughout the year. The type of citrus you’re able to purchase will depend heavily on the time of year. Grab a pen and paper, you’ll want to remember this!
Luckily for you, there is an overlap between seasons on certain varietals. This means that even though navels begin in winter, they remain available through the beginning of spring. In reality, seasons are a handy way of categorizing when the fruit will be available, but they’re certainly not bound by them.
Let’s begin! Winter citrus includes organic limes, blood oranges, lemons, pummelos, navels, mandarins, grapefruit, and cara caras (red navels).
There are many reasons to love spring and the continuation of, and addition to, our citrus availability is the cherry on top (even though we’re talking about citrus). Spring welcomes organic gold nuggets and valencia navels while many winter favorites continue to be available.
Summer is when citrus (both organic and conventional) begin to slow down in order to make way for other categories of fruit (hello, stonefruit). The summer is easy because we know that the staples: organic limes, Valencia oranges, lemons, and grapefruit are readily available.
Just make sure to enjoy your freshly squeezed orange juice early in summer because, unfortunately, Valencia oranges have the shortest summer season.
Fall is when citrus ramps back up for the year and become exciting again, marking the beginning of mandarins and specialty organic pummelos. Also returning this time of year are organic navels! Fall always teases the fabulous availability of winter.
The trick is organizing this information in a way that works for you. For some, that may look like simple tables of information while others will enjoy a calendar system or even a spreadsheet! Another great tip is to ignore the fruit you wouldn’t purchase and track only those that you and your family enjoy.
The goal is ease.
We hope this helps you on this ever-changing organic citrus adventure.