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The Season of Citrus

Bright, Colorful, Refreshing!

The Season of Citrus

Orange you glad it's the season for citrus? With a variety of flavors —from deliciously sweet to mouth-puckeringly sour — citrus fruits are tasty. But they also offer an assortment of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function properly, such as vitamins, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and copper. Citrus fruits have many anti-inflammatory properties and offer a lot of antioxidants. They are a yummy, healthy addition to your diet!

Check out the delicious recipes below for new fun ways to try citrus.

Other important benefits of citrus:

  • Increases hydration 
  • Supports immune system
  • Helps prevent the common cold
  • Contains many antioxidants
  • Great source of fiber
  • Promotes heart health
  • Plays important role in preventing certain diseases

Mix in some citrus fruits with meals, or eat them as-is for a flavorful and healthy snack!

Many ways to enjoy citrus:

  • Salads
  • Smoothies
  • Oatmeal
  • Yogurt
  • Add a few slices to your water
Sumo Mandarin Close up

 

Some popular, delicious citrus fruits to try:

 

Clementine

It might be small, but don't let that fool you! The Clementine packs just as many nutrients as its larger siblings. It is rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and is a great boost for fiber intake. Very sweet and easy to peel, the Clementine makes a perfect quick snack, especially for kids!

Minneola Oranges

Its distinct shape gave this orange the nickname, "Honeybell"! The Minneola is a cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit, so the flavor is sweet but still a bit tart. With fewer seeds inside, it is easier to eat than the tangerine or the grapefruit — perfect for picky eaters!

Cara Cara Navel Oranges

Can you say Insta-famous? The Cara Cara Orange has become popular on social media, since its pink color makes this fruit very photogenic! It is packed with vitamins and fiber, as well as the antioxidant Carotenoid Lycopene, which gives the Cara Cara its iconic pink blush. 

Blood Oranges

Intense as its name, the Blood Orange has a distinctive color and taste that no one can mistake! Its deep red hue makes this orange a culinary favorite. It is a popular garnish for many recipes worldwide, and the sweet yet tart flavor makes it a perfect addition to a savory dish. 

Mandarin Oranges

The Mandarin Orange is one of the easiest citruses to peel thanks to its thinner rind. With a light, sweet flavor, it makes a great addition to salads, savory dishes, and desserts — they're even delicious on their own!

Navel Oranges

The Navel Orange is the classic and most beloved orange! Its name comes from the opening at the blossom end of the fruit, which looks like a belly button. This seedless variety is very sweet and perfect for juicing, but also perfect for snacking!

Sumo Mandarin Oranges

How did this large orange get its name? It looks like a Sumo wrestler! The "bump" resembles the iconic top-knot bun worn by Sumo wrestlers. This very large mandarin orange is exceptionally easy to peel. The Sumo Mandarin also has low acidity, making this one of the sweetest members in the citrus family, and is great for those who might be sensitive to citric acid.

All of the above oranges contain lots of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps reduce free radical damage to your DNA. It also helps boost the immune system and is a good source of fiber. Try them all for a delicious way to stay healthy this winter!

Meyer Lemons

The Meyer Lemon is the go-to for a more fragrant and sweeter touch to your recipe. It is bright yellow and a bit smaller than your common lemon. When life gives you Meyer Lemons, don't stop at lemonade — try them in any recipe! Lemon is well known for its high vitamin C content and helps fight off inflammation, helps in aiding digestion, and has varieties of benefits that help support the immune system. 

Key Limes

The iconic fruit that made this pie famous, the Key Lime is loved by many for its versatility in the kitchen. It is fantastic with seafood, salad dressings, or as a finishing touch for Asian noodle dishes. The possibilities are endless!

Red Grapefruit & White Grapefruit

The Grapefruit looks nothing like grapes... until you see it on the tree. It gets its name from how it grows in grape-like bunches! Grapefruit is a super fruit, as it is rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C and lycopene, and minerals such as potassium. On top of all of the beneficial nutrients, it even helps boosts the production of collagen which can improve the elasticity of the skin. Grapefruit is praised for improving blood pressure, promoting heart health, and it also has cancer-fighting properties, phytochemicals, which are compounds that reduce the growth of certain cancers!

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Recipes with citrus fruits

Kale and Pink Grapefruit salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 pink grapefruit
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)
  • 8 cups kale (stems removed)
  • 1 avocado
  • Optional: crushed walnuts

Instructions:

  • Half the avocado, remove the pit, and slice into 1/2 inch wedges.
  • Cut and peel the pink grapefruit, cutting between membranes to release segments into a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, squeeze the remaining grapefruit peel to release the juice from membranes, collecting about 1/4 cup juice; add extra juice from removed grapefruit flesh if needed.
  • Whisk the olive oil into the grapefruit juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Place kale in a large bowl and drizzle the desired amount of dressing on top, saving a small amount to add later. Toss to combine and then let stand for 10 minutes, letting the kale wilt.
  • Toss the kale again, and then arrange the grapefruit segments and avocado slices over the kale. Drizzle the remaining dressing over the salad and serve.
  • If desired, add some crushed walnuts on top for some crunch!


Citrus and Pomegranate Fruit Salad
Easy 3-ingredient fruit salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 pomegranate
  • 2 large navel oranges
  • 2 pink grapefruits

Instructions: 

  • Prepare the pomegranate by cutting a cross shape into the fruit's peel to open it up.
  • Over a large bowl, hold the pomegranate crown side down, then break it apart into quarters. Squeeze each quart segment firmly over the bowl to release the seeds and juice. Strain the pomegranate seeds from the juice, keeping the juice in one bowl, and the seeds in another bowl.
  • For the oranges and grapefruits, cut and remove all of the skin and pith. Carefully cut the segments out from between the membranes.
  • Firmly squeeze the remaining membranes from the oranges and grapefruits to release all remaining juice of the fruit, combining this with the pomegranate juice.
  • To serve, place oranges and grapefruits on a plate, then sprinkle the pomegranate seeds on top. Drizzle the extra fruit juice over the fruit. Garnish with mint or chopped nuts on top to finish it off!
     

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