The garden may be turning increasingly drab, but our fruit bowl is filled with vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. All of these are fruits are in season now. And except for the mandarins, which are from Placerville about an hour east of here, everything is local.
The limes (yes, the yellow fruit is lime) are from our our own tree, and the pomegranates and fuyu persimmons were gifts from friends and neighbors.
I love them all. Limes are extremely versatile both in cooking and in baking. Mandarins are a great snack or desert. Fuyu persimmons have subtle exotic flavor when eaten firm; no waiting for them to turn to jelly, as is the case with hachiya persimmons. And pomegranates, well, they are royalty among fruit. I “shell” them in a bowl filled with water to avoid getting juice all over.
What is your favorite winter-ripening fruit?