Winter is when most citrus fruits are at their sweetest and juiciest. And they aren't alone. Look for these winter fruits at farmers markets and in produce departments for the best flavor (and greatest value) in season. Specific crops and harvest dates will depend on your region's climate and most of these are only available locally in warm and temperate regions. See these state-specific seasonality guides for more details.
Clementines are small, sweet oranges available from December through the most of the winter season.
Grapefruit from California, Texas, Florida, and Arizona comes into season in January and stays sweet and juicy into early summer.
Kiwis grow on vines (they tend to be happy wherever wine grapes are) and are harvested in late winter through spring in warmer and temperate areas.
Kumquats are small, bite-size citrus fruits with edible peels; they come into season towards the end of winter and stay available through spring.
Lemons tend to be at their best and juicy best in winter and spring.
Mandarins are sweet and juicy in winter. As with all citrus fruits, choose mandarins that feel heavy for their size for the juiciest specimens.
Meyer Lemons are more seasonal than the ubiquitous Lisbon and Eureka lemons, with the limited commercial harvest running from December or January through May. They have very thin skins, making them difficult to transport and store, and are usually priced accordingly.
Oranges add sunny brightness to winter eating.
Pears have a season that runs from mid-summer well into winter, depending on the variety and the region.
Persimmons are available for a short window in the fall and early winter. When they're available, look for bright, heavy-feeling fruits.
Pommelos have extremely thick peels covering their sweet grapefruit-like yellow citrus fruit interior that can be so pale it's almost white.
Satsumas have loose skins and a super-sweet tangerine flavor. Look for them starting in November and into January.
Tangerines of all sorts are in season at some point over the winter - from November through March.