It’s Satsuma season!! I never really knew what a Satsuma was until I moved to California over thirteen years ago. When I saw the huge, oversized cardboard bin full of tiny, orange tangerine like fruits at the front of the local family co-op store I knew I had to try them. Year after year around the end of December and January, the huge box of Satsumas would show up. Looking back at my winters spent living in Northern California, I remember the plethora of delicious, delicate Satsumas. It was always a special treat to stock up during these cold months when Satsumas were in abundance.
Even though Satsumas look like a tangerine or a clementine, they are actually very different in taste. The skin of a Satsuma is thinner than a ‘cutie’ or clementine and has a much sweeter, floral aroma. You need to try a Satsuma!! Although somewhat difficult to find in the Midwest and other parts of the country…if you do find some…buy them…lot’s of them. If you and your friends or family like ‘cuties,’ clementines, or mandarins, I assure you, you’ll love the Satsuma.
When I was at our local market the other day, low and behold there was the Satsuma! I was so excited. All the memories of the North coast’s beautiful, majestic redwoods, wholesome local food, and crisp, fog dampened mornings of Satsuma season rushed into my mind. I grabbed a bunch of Satsumas not knowing what I could or would make out of them, but knowing my family would love simply eating them as they are.
Then….I came up with the idea to mix Satsumas and poppy seeds into a light and fluffy cake. For some reason, I was craving citrus and poppy seeds. Here is the perfect combination of the two. I made a pomegranate glaze because we were having company and Adeline loves all things pink. I knew the glaze would be pretty and have a slight pink tinge from the pomegranate juice. But, honestly, once we tasted the cake, we decided it was so delicious and lightly sweet that it really didn’t need the glaze at all. The pomegranate glaze is decorative and definitely makes the cake sweeter if you are looking for that. This Satsuma Poppyseed Cake with Pomegranate Glaze is truly one of my better recipes, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.