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Spanish Citrus Mulled Wine

The Spanish citrus season is here and the UK’s leading citrus specialist MMUK (Munoz) has been adding some Spanish citrus cheer to the wintry London streets with a small taste of the Spanish hillsides in ‘pop- up’ orchards.

Appearing alongside some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks the pop-up orchards celebrate the very best in Spanish citrus, with thousands of pieces of fruit handed out to the public and businesses to help people to experience and enjoy their great taste.

In the UK we can’t get enough of Spanish citrus fruits - this year the UK consumer will be munching their way through over 380,000 MMUK citrus fruits due to their natural sweet taste and versatility as a snack or ingredient in cooking.

Spanish citrus have varied health benefits – they are full of fibre and packed with vitamin C to help ward of those winter colds and also keep your skin looking fresh after the hectic party season.

Available exclusively at Tesco stores from mid-November to April 2013, here are the little gems we should be looking out for:

Satsumas – These are very popular in the UK and are the easiest to peel. Satsumas are often seedless and distinguished by their appearance being a little yellow in colour. The fruits are very juicy and slightly acidic.

Clementines – These have a darker, tighter skin but are still easy to peel. The fruits are high in juice and sweeter than the Satsuma with a low ʻpipʼ count - kids love them.

Tangerines – The largest of the soft citrus fruits – with a dark thin skin which makes them harder to peel. The citrus is often more acidic than that of a Satsumas or Clementines with more ʻpipsʼ. However, the tangerine is noted for its high juice count.

Navel (Oranges) – Seedless, sweet and easy to peel. Navels are the queen of the fruit range and ideal for those who love their citrus.

We’ve also got two great seasonal recipes to get you citrus inspired this season:

Spanish Mulled Wine Recipe (Serves 4 - 6)

A cheeky recipe to ‘mull over’ and spice up your life this party season. This recipe uses a burst of great tasting seasonal citrus fruit – easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Ingredients

1 750ml bottle of full bodied Spanish red wine (Rioja is ideal)
1 Navel orange studded with 6 whole cloves
1 lemon, sliced
1 cinnamon stick
125g brown sugar
1 bay leaf
A grating of fresh nutmeg
150 ml (5.3fl oz) water`

To serve:

Navel orange slices and a few segments of tangerine, clementine or satsuma

Method 

1.    Place the wine, water, sugar, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, nutmeg, cloved Navel orange, sliced lemons and a few slices of Navel orange into a large saucepan.
2.    Heat to just below boiling point and hold this temperature for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3.    Remove whole orange, cinnamon stick an bay leaf and strain into heatproof glasses. Serve with Navel orange slices and a few segments of tangerine, clementine or satsuma - whichever tickles your fancy.

MMUK Spanish Citrus Smoothie Boost Recipe

Clear your head and get your healthy eating back on track this New Year with this delicious and exquisitely healthy smoothie recipe.

Our favourite trick is to pop the peeled citrus in the freezer for 30 minutes prior to making. They don’t want to be thoroughly frozen but chilled and on their way to freezing. If using this method you can use less ice.

Ingredients

4 Spanish Navel oranges
1 Spanish clementine
1 Spanish satsuma
1 Spanish Tangerine (pips removed)
2 tbsp of honey (or agave nectar)
2 cups of ice
1/3 of a cup of milk (regular, soy or coconut)
1 tsp Vanilla
Zest of a Spanish Navel orange

Method

Place all in ingredients in blender (apart from the orange zest) and blend until smooth. Garnish with some Spanish Navel orange Zest for an extra citrus hit.

Poppy Watt

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