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Guide to Citrus Flavor Pairings

January 31, 2024 | By: The Darling Dish

For those who love to cook or bake, you understand the magic that citrus can bring to any recipe. The versatility of Darling Citrus® brings joy to the art of crafting recipes and experimenting with various ingredients to discover new flavors that are even more delicious with citrus. Whether you’re in the mood for a savory dish or a bite of something sweet, these tried and true citrus pairings will satisfy your craving and inspire you to create your own delicious duos.

Darling Orange® and Suavo Avocado®

When it comes to Darling Oranges®, countless ingredients tastefully merge into one irresistible flavor combination. Long-standing favorites include sweet Darling Oranges® with chocolate, cranberries, and ginger. However, if you’ve never tasted oranges with avocados, then you are in for a treat! Creamy Suavo Avocado® melds perfectly with the tang of orange to create a light salad or even an Orange Juice Avocado Dip. Talk about a match made in Heaven!

The options with Darling Oranges® and Suavo Avocado® are endless, but here are a few recipes that are worth adding to the menu this week: 

Darling Lemon® and Basil 

It’s hard to find an ingredient that doesn't play well with Darling Lemons®. Whether it’s fresh-squeezed lemon juice, slices, or zest, a touch of lemon packs so much flavor and is the perfect accompaniment to countless dishes. It's especially hard to top the classic combination of Darling Lemons® and basil. This timeless duo can be made savory with a Lemon Basil Pesto or turned sweet into Basil Lemon Bars. It also creates a delicious simple syrup for cocktails.


Next time you’re on the hunt for a tasty Darling Lemon® and basil recipe, try one of our go-tos:

Darling Cara Cara® and Coconut 

Darling Cara Caras® are famous for their vibrant pink color and sweet burst of flavor. Whether you top them on goat cheese crostini or skillet pancakes, Darling Cara Caras® contribute a uniquely delicious flair to just about any recipe, especially when paired with coconut! This refreshing flavor combination is delightful in baked goods or when sipping on a Cara Cara Orange Smoothies.


Here are a few Darling Cara Cara® and coconut recipes that we highly recommend:

Darling Clementines® and Chocolate

In the delicious realm of flavor pairings, few combinations rival the mouthwatering mingle of Darling Clementines® and chocolate! The vibrant sweetness of Darling Clementines® brilliantly blends with the rich, velvety notes of chocolate to create one of the most refreshing and delightful flavor profiles. Whether you prepare chocolate-dipped clementines sprinkled with sea salt for an easy, sweet snack or experiment with adding a zesty clementine spin to your favorite chocolate dessert, this pairing is sure to result in crave-worthy flavor!

Want to give this duo a try? Check out some of these fan-favorite Darling Clementine® and chocolate recipes:

Darling Grapefruit® and Honey

The tart juiciness of Darling Grapefruit® melds with the golden sweetness of honey to create an irresistibly delicious flavor! Take advantage of this dream team of a duo to effortlessly elevate an endless variety of recipes: for a flavorful oatmeal and yogurt parfait topping, sweet citrus-infused tea, or to create a sweet citrus marinade for shrimp or glazed salmon. One of the simplest ways to enjoy this tasty combination is by broiling Darling Grapefruit® and drizzling honey on top - YUM!

Get a taste of the sweetness of this citrus pairing with these recipes:

We would love to hear how you enjoy citrus! Share with us your favorite tried and true flavor combinations and tasty citrus recipes.

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