Amy Eddings is the local host of “All Things Considered,” which airs from 4 PM until 8 PM weekdays. She started hosting in 2004, after long-time host JoAnn Allen left for the West Coast. Before ATC, Amy was a reporter. Her favorite topics were--and still are--garbage and recycling, which she still reports on whenever she can get out of the studio.
Bigger Isn't Better When It Comes to Citrus
Friday, February 10, 2012
More is better -- that's my mantra, especially when it comes to chocolate. But it doesn't hold true for citrus.
Chef Rienne Martinez, my guest on Last Chance Foods, tells me that big, heavy oranges or lemons do not necessarily mean that I'm going to get more juice out of them. Just more rind.
"Look, here's a blood orange that I brought you," she said, handing me a big orange that she had already sliced in half.
I've posted the photo above. See how thick the rind is?
"I was going to make blood orange marmalade out of this, but there wasn't enough to it."
She recommends looking for citrus with a thinner, more delicate, taut feel to their outer surfaces. Martinez says she finds this is more often the case with organic citrus.
"You might think, 'Oh, those big, plump, conventional ones, they look so fat!' Well, they're engineered that way [with the thicker skins] so they can be shipped."
It's one of the few times in life that I can think of that it's advantageous to be thin-skinned.