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Holy Fruits: Satsumas


Thank 18th century Jesuits for bringing Louisiana's favorite fall weather citrus to its farms. Satsumas first appeared in the state following the Society of Jesus pilgrims' trips from Asia, when the travelers began planting their Far East goods along the Mississippi River and in Plaquemines Parish. And going north in Livingston Parish, there's the town of Satsuma, near Denham Springs. Farmers markets across Louisiana carry the fruit through mid-December, and it makes special appearances on fall menus, whether tossed in a salad, added to a cocktail or ice cream, or paired with a main course. Abita gets the jumpstart on the season with its summertime Satsuma Harvest Wit brew. Bywater cafe Satsuma (3218 Dauphine St., 304-5962) features its namesake in a beet and citrus salad as well as its fresh-squeezed satsuma limeade.

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