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A Recipe for Success


A Recipe for Success

UC Riverside will begin selling artisan treats infused with citrus flavors

Combine the deep citrus knowledge of Tracy Kahn, curator of the Citrus Variety Collection at UC Riverside. Pair that with the “waste-not, want-not” philosophy of Diane Del Buono, who is married to UC Riverside’s Chancellor, Kim A. Wilcox. Add a little bit of manufacturing magic and business savvy.

Diane Del Buono
Diane Del Buono

The result is a line of handcrafted citrus products that use ingredients from UC Riverside. Soon they will be commercially available to taste-obsessed foodies from all over the world.

“We have an incredible breadth of citrus options in our orchards, with so many subtly sweet and tart flavors,” said Tracy Kahn, who has been curator of citrus at UCR for 21 years and currently holds the Givaudan Citrus Variety Collection Endowed Chair. “I have always wanted to offer food products that were professionally created and branded. And because of Diane Del Buono, we now have them.”

The Citrus Collection draws from the flavors of citrus that began in many places in the world, but happen to grow well in Riverside, Calif. That fortunate fact made Riverside the center of the citrus universe in some ways. The groves and greenhouses are still at UC Riverside, inspiring new varieties, drawing visitors from around the world, and flavoring drinks and dishes at restaurants.

But with acres and acres of groves and greenhouses, the university has plenty of citrus to flavor a robust line of handcrafted products that are high quality and delicious.

“When I saw the vast orchards and how much each tree produces every year, I thought we should find a way to share this abundance with the world,” said Del Buono, who arrived with her husband in Riverside in 2013.

Tracy Kahn
Tracy Kahn

She said finding a way to use the products that are already here seems the natural way to make use of what otherwise might go to waste. “This is a natural, and delicious solution that also showcases the unique agricultural heritage of UCR.”

She said all proceeds go to supporting the project, and adding more options.

It is only a small taste of the University of California’s vast influence on the world’s food supply. The Global Food Initiative seeks to expand that influence in how we feed the world sustainably and deliciously.

UC Riverside is partnering with the family-owned Temecula Olive Oil company. They are passionate about sustainably produced foods, and produce full, fresh and flavorful 100 percent extra virgin olive oil. The campus has identified three products to offer, with more to come in the future:

  • UCR Fresh Citrus Collection Late Harvest Olive Oil
  • UCR Fresh Citrus Collection California Balsamico Bianco, a light and zesty balsamic vinaigrette
  • UCR Honey Balsamico Bianco, a sweet and tangy balsamic vinaigrette

Click here to tour the Temecula Olive Oil ranch and see for yourself how the products are made.

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