Cold weather = citrus time. We’re excited that satsumas grown in Georgia are in season and available at local farmers markets all around town. If you can’t get your hands on fresh local fruit, we’ve got some other great ways for you to get your vitamin C.
Wisham Jellies’ Orange Ginger Pepper Jelly
Agriculture may be the biggest industry in Tift County but we think pepper jelly is putting its county seat of Tifton on the map. Wisham Jellies is the brainchild of Tifton native Eric Wisham. He was growing peppers, he loved to grill and he realized he could combine two passions if he would just whip up a little pepper jelly to use as a glaze for meats and vegetables on the grill. That first pepper jelly - “Fire,” a Flavor of Georgia finalist in 2017 - turned into ten different flavors including our favorite, Orange Ginger. The combination of jalapeno and habanero pepper is spicy enough but not overwhelming. It’s a really nice combination with the orange and ginger. We can see this glazing a Christmas ham or finishing off some chicken wings.
$7 per 9-ounce jar. Available at Cook’s Warehouse, Farmview Market, HomeGrown Decatur, The Local Exchange, Publix, Under the Pecan Tree, Whole Foods Market and Williams Sonoma Ponce City Market and Avalon. Or online at http://www.wishamjellies.com.
Cherokee Jewels Satsuma Juice from Florida Georgia Citrus
Buy up all the fresh satsumas you can right now because this delicious fruit is only available until the end of the year. Sweet and easy to peel, the little tangerine-like fruits are a big hit with kids and adults alike. Want your satsumas in another form? Starting now and available until it runs out, you can buy fresh squeezed satsuma juice from Kim Jones of Bethel Oaks Farm. He’s got 2,800 satsuma trees on his Monticello, Florida, property and was lucky to get away with no damage from Hurricane Michael so the supply should be pretty good this year. Satsuma juice is sweeter and more refreshing than orange juice. And it freezes beautifully so you can stock up and enjoy that fresh-squeezed taste for months to come. Jones and his wife Angela organized Florida Georgia Citrus to encourage more north Florida and southwest Georgia farmers to plant citrus trees. It seems to be paying off.
$24 for 24 4-ounce bottles, $33 for 12 11-ounce bottles. Available at https://www.floridageorgiacitrus.com/.
Orange Chili Sugar from Beautiful Briny Sea
It’s no secret we are big fans of Suzi Sheffield and her team at Beautiful Briny Sea. We love all their salt mixes but the sugars are even more fun. Orange Chili Sugar is a mix of just a few ingredients: organic cane sugar, orange and clementine peels and a special chili blend. Citrus marries so nicely with chilis we really shouldn’t be surprised they came up with this spicy mix. Use it to rim a margarita glass, to add sweet heat to a piece of salmon, to sprinkle on chocolate cupcakes with dark chocolate frosting (yes!) or to punch up a vinaigrette. We think you’ll find lots of uses including sweetening a cup of hot black tea. It’s the perfect way to ward off a cold this winter.
$13 per 14-ounce container. Available at Williams-Sonoma Avalon and Ponce City Market, Wahoo Wine and Provisions, The Beehive, The Cook’s Warehouse, Church Street Market, Homegrown Decatur, Greene’s Fine Foods and online at https://www.beautifulbrinysea.com.
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