Though they grow pretty much year round in San Diego, oranges light up the stalls at the Little Italy Mercato during the winter months. Versatile, sweet, and terribly healthy, organic oranges should be at the top of your shopping (and cooking) list this season.
Lone Oak Ranch sells juicy, easy to peel Satsumas and Mandarines while Polito Farms carry Navel and Valencia as well as other citrus fruit. Saute onions and ginger together and then deglaze the pan with pressed orange juice from Paradise Valley Ranch. Use the liquid as a sauce for grilling salmon or tuna from Poppa's Fresh Fish.
Orange wedges, shaved fennel from Vang Farms and boiled Chiogga beets from Suzie's Farm make a delightfully refreshing salad. Mix with your tender winter lettuce or vibrant leafy greens from Maciel Family Farms.
Gently simmer sweet potatoes, and winter squash from Sage Mountain Farm in orange juice. Before serving, sprinkle with walnuts and perhaps a dash of balsamic vinegar from Gianni's Fine Foods. Cooking with oranges makes everyone feel like a fuzzy navel, doesn't it?