Thank- you so much to the Calamondin Cafe for providing me with calamondins in exchange for writing this post.
Today, I am going to talk about Calamondins. “What are those?” You may be asking yourself. Before my visit to the Calamondin Cafe last week, I didn’t know either.
In January, I happened to be in the Fort Myers area, vacationing with my family, when I came across Laurie, from the Calamondin Cafe. Always in the mood to try new food, I decided that I needed to try some of this mysterious citrus fruit.
I needed to do a little research. So, I headed to Wikipedia in search of some information.
Calamondins are a citrus fruit, highly popular in the Philippines. They’re small. They look like miniature oranges. But they taste much more like a toned- down lemon. I ate a whole one, including the peel, It left my breath feeling refreshed for hours. I left the Calamondin Cafe, with a few bags of fruit to bring home to Iowa. My family members each tried one, we are a curious group, you know. We have enjoyed Calamondin sparking water, and I have lists of recipes I have tried with these little fruits.
Whenever I post on this blog, I usually post ONE recipe at a time. But, I couldn’t just post ONE recipe about this new food. Do I treat it like an orange? Do I apply it to a recipe like a lemon? Do I make a sauce? salad dressing? Bake it into something sweet? Savory? I don’t want to tuck this new food away in just one recipe. And I don’t think its fair to you guys to just tell you about this new food and then never mention it again.
So, this is why you will be seeing a series of Calamondin Recipes over the next few weeks.
One thing that is unique about the Calamondin, is that you can eat the peel. And so I did. I just took a bite out of it. The peels are also often dehydrated and candied.
One of my favorite recipes that really showcases the flavor of the Calamondin well is my Calamondin Julius.
I made this super easy and healthy Calamondin Julius, and it turned out delicious. Remember, Calamondins are much more tart than an orange, so this is going to taste different from a traditional orange Julius. I made this Calamondin Julius with Vanilla Almond Milk and I also added a little honey to sweeten it.
Healthy Calamondin Julius
The Juice of 6 Calamondins
The Peel of 2 Calamondins
2 cups of Vanilla Almond Milk
2 Cups of Ice
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of Honey
Method: Cut your Calamondins in 1/2. and remove the seeds. Squeeze the juice of 6 calamondins into your blender. Add the peel and pulp of two of those calamondins in your blender. Add the rest of the ingredients, and blend until you get your desired consistency.
Interested in getting some Calamondins for yourself? Visit the Calamondin Cafe and order some!