SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It's that time of year when citrus trees are blooming like crazy. And if you don't have citrus of your own piling up, chances are your friends or neighbors have tried to give you some.
On Tuesday's Good Morning Arizona, Tess Rafols caught up with the folks at Perk Eatery for some ideas on what to do with all this citrus.
Perk Eatery's Pauline Martinez says it's an ingredient that's very easy to find at this time of year. "Everybody's inundated with citrus," she says. "Everywhere you go, there's just so much citrus. And you can only eat so many grapefruits!"
Martinez says it's easy to incorporate citrus fruits into everyday items like salads. Just peel the rind off the fruit and make thin slices to adorn the salad. You can add sliced fennel, Gorgonzola, pomegranate seeds and slivered almonds to complement the citrus flavors.
Make sure citrus is the star of the dish. "You want to let that shine," Martinez says. "Right now it's so sweet and abundant and beautiful. You really want to taste it."
Another tip? After adding a nice dressing, give the citrus a squeeze of juice to top the salad. "It gives it that beautiful bump you need in flavor and acidity," she says.
Martinez also showed off a citrus cake with a grapefruit glaze. You can even use a boxed cake mix and add your own twist of citrus to give it more flavor.
Perk Eatery is located at 6501 E Greenway Pkwy. in Scottsdale. For more information call 480-998-6026 or visit perkeatery.com.
If you still find yourself with too much citrus on your hands, you can always donate it to St. Mary's Food Bank. They would love to have it.