When I think of Ojai, I think of beautiful landscape and relaxation, but all of that is about to change. April is Ojai Pixie month and I've teamed up with Melissa's Produce to bring you some inspiration and recipes that celebrate this sweet and seedless delectable fruit. Ojai now has me thinking about tangerines and I can't get enough of them!
What is an Ojai Pixie and why is it so special? Hailing from just 52 family-scale growers in the gorgeous Ojai Valley California, the pixie tangerine is sweet and packed with nutrients. It is seedless and easy to peel. There are only about 25,000 Ojai Pixie trees that produce a Spring crop. This year it started in late February and will go into April. The usual season runs March to May, so if you see them out in the wild of your local market, get them before they're gone! I've seen them at both Central Market stores and Sprouts in the greater Dallas area. Find out where to buy them near you at the end of this post.
Ojai Pixies are great for kids. As a mom, I like to give my daughter healthy options as treats. Ojai Pixies are the perfect snack. The best part is that they are portable! My toddler can be picky at times but she LOVES these tangerines. So do I, so I'm sure to pack at least two for our snacks when we go out.
One of the fabulous ways to enjoy an Ojai Pixie is in a salad. Here is one of my favorite preparations. Serves one.
Ojai Pixie Avocado Salad
1 Ojai Pixie tangerine, peeled and segmented or supremed
1 handful of arugula
1/2 avocado, sliced
Mixed berries, if desired
1 mild radish, thinly sliced
1-2 T poppyseed dressing
Arrange all ingredients in a bowl and drizzle with poppyseed dressing. The peppery flavor of the arugula pairs so well with the creamy avocado and natural sweetness of the delicious pixie tangerine.
Look for more recipes and inspiration this month as we celebrate the Ojai Pixie!
Special thanks to Melissa's Produce, check them out here: Melissa's
For more info on Ojai Pixies, check out www.ojaipixies.com
Where to find them locally or buy online and have them shipped: buy Ojai Pixies
For more info on the Pixie celebrations and events all month in Ojai check out: Ojai Valley Pixie Events
Home cook, Mom, wife, and crafty creative, Mandy is from California and has traveled the world and lived in lots of places. She has fallen in love with Dallas, TX and calls it home.