Dallas, Texas-based Central Market’s annual Citrus Fest has returned and will be held through Jan. 25. Central Market’s buyers have been searching the globe for the brightest and freshest flavors to bring to Texas at the peak of season.
Customers will find different citrus varieties and specialty foods including cookies, drinks and sauces. Central Market’s flour tortillas will feature new flavors, like cilantro lime, and other products will be available, such as a lemon salmon maki roll, bean-to-bar citrus infused chocolates, brightly colored citrus-inspired floral arrangements and bouquets to brighten the winter doldrums.
In addition, Central Market is offering a Spotify playlist, “Feeling Zesty,” a citrus-inspired mobile phone wallpaper and Citrus Fest Instagram stickers.
What to look for in the produce department:
- More than 55 different citrus items are featured in the produce department. Several new products on the shelves include imported Italian Moro blood oranges and imported Italian Tarocco blood oranges.
- Seasonal favorites have returned, such as Indian River red and white grapefruit, bergamots, limequats, Satsuma tangerines, Kishu mandarins, Buddha Hands and calamondin.
- In the pressed juice section, guests can find citrus mixers and refreshers including strawberry lime margarita, pineapple mojito, green tea with pineapple, ginger mint lime, hibiscus tea with pineapple and orange lime mint.
- At the market and seafood counter, guests can find orange sage pork chop, orange sage chicken thighs, Ponzu beef flank cut short ribs and Cara Cara Icelandic cod.
What to look for in the grocery department:
- Citrus House sparkling waters – sparkling flavored water with organic juices sourced from Italy. Flavors include Mandarin orange, pink grapefruit, blood orange and pomegranate blueberry.
- Van Strien Cookies – a “great taste” award winner and family business that has been baking for six generations, every cookie is handmade with no machines and made with grass-fed butter.
- Clare’s Irish Biscuits – traditional Irish shortbread cookies in flavors like lemon, white chocolate, orange and cranberry.
What to look for in the dairy/frozen section:
- Yami French-style whole milk yogurt in lemon flavor – the dairy was started in 1923 in Auburn, Washington. The company only uses milk sourced from local and regional dairies. Their products are a Pacific Northwest tradition.
- Lisa’s Lemonade – a lemonade made without sugar. They are sweetened with organic stevia and a touch of agave. Lisa’s is a family-owned business based in Dallas-Fort Worth. All lemonades are raw and cold pressed.
- Umpqua sherbets – the business was founded in 1931 in Rosebud, Oregon. All ice cream is made from local dairies. Flavors include rainbow sherbet, orange sherbet and classic lemon bar ice cream.
- Fat Rabbit vegetarian entrees – made with fresh roasted, sauced and tossed vegetables.
What to look for in deli and cheese:
- Central Market chile lime in-house roasted turkey.
- Mitica orange ginger Marcona almonds – a refreshingly spicy dusting of ground ginger combined with the zip of orange bring these slightly sweetened Marconas to life.
- Nettle Meadow Farm Meyer Lemon and Cardamon Chevre – the bright citrus of Meyer lemon and understated flavor of cardamon comes from a collaboration with Blake Hill Preserves in Vermont.
- Nettle Meadow Farm Blueberry Lemon Fromage Frais – fresh goat and cow milk cheese from an Adirondack sanctuary farm, the tartness of the blueberries is complemented by the citrus tang of lemon.
- Preserved Lemon Slices – preserved lemons that bring big flavor to cocktails, white pizza, roast chicken and more.
What to look for in the chef’s case and prepared foods:
- Yuzu Ponzu chicken thighs
- Calamansi lime baby back ribs
- Arugula, kumquat and raspberry salad and turmeric cauliflower with orange harissa vinaigrette
Citrus Fest also will feature citrus cooking classes both online and in-person around Texas, including Dallas, Plano, Austin, Houston and San Antonio.
For more information, visit centralmarket.com.