Juicy & Seasonal, Ojai Pixie Tangerines

Juicy & Seasonal, Ojai Pixie Tangerines

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What screams sunshine more than a tangerine? This summer is all about sharp, sweet, and floral flavors, and the pixie tangerines coming from Ojai right now are on point. Unlike common navel oranges, tangerines are slightly darker in color, and have a more concentrated floral flavor and aroma. Using them in place of orange in any dish, earns you instant haute points. Just the sound of “tangerine” on a menu sounds so much more thoughtful, curated, and special than “orange”. One of my favorite garnishes of all time is a small salad that pairs tangerine segments, shaved red onion, microgreens, and olive oil. It’s perfect on top of grilled fish or other proteins, and heightens any dish. I also love tangerines in marinades because their acid gently breaks down protein and imparts subtle sweetness as well. Specifically, tangerine and ancho chilies are a natural combination and will give steak, chicken, or firm-fleshed fish a gorgeous varnish. The zest, juice, and flesh of tangerines can all be used, making them smart economical choices to any order guide. You can even eat the tender rind if treat them correctly! My favorite way is to scoop out the insides and use them for a sorbet or ice cream, and stuff it back into poached and candied tangerine shells


PA at PMA 2019

PA at PMA 2019

Oh sweet, sweet strawberries

Oh sweet, sweet strawberries