While grapefruits, navel oranges, and Eureka lemons (your run-of-the-mill grocery store lemon) are available pretty much year-round, there are a wealth of citrus fruits that are available at your local farmer’s market or speciality store for just a few short weeks of the year. It’s easy to be daunted by the prospect of trying out a brand new fruit, but fear not, the wide world of citrus will prove to be more inspiring than intimidating. Here, a rundown of our favorite of the rarer citrus fruits and all the cool ways you can put them them to work in your home kitchen.

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A perfect example of weird science, tangelos are the result of super-sweet tangerines that have been crossbred with either pomelos, a grapefruit-like citrus native to South Asia, or a grapefruit. The result is a sweet, easy-to-peel treat that has the color of a tangerine, but a more mild sweetness. Bonus fact: You can tell a tangelo apart from an orange by looking for a telltale “knob” at the top, a characteristic that has earned the citrus fruit a super cute nickname: the honeybell. Talk about good advertising.

Try them in: Citrus-Pomegranate Relish

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