The season of citrus has arrived. During the winter months, oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines, and grapefruit are plentiful. Visit any market and you'll be tempted by the vibrant colors and fresh scents of these delicious, versatile, and nutritious fruits.
There's practically no end to the ways in which you can use citrus fruits. They have a place at the breakfast table, in your lunch box, and as ingredients in many dinner recipes. Apart from mealtimes, fruits make wonderful snacks and can be used in smoothies, cocktails, and luscious desserts. They're perfect in salad dressings, marinades, and baked goods either as accents or the primary flavoring.
We've already mentioned the most common citrus fruits, but your supermarket probably also carries more exotic varieties like Kumquats, Blood Oranges, Mandarin Oranges, Tangelos, Key Limes, Citron, Clementines, Pommelo, and Ugli Fruit.
Citrus fruits offer many health benefits. Most people know that they are high in Vitamin C (which boosts your immune system), but did you know that they are also good sources of fiber (which aids digestion), and flavonoids (antioxidants that reduce inflammation and may help prevent heart disease and cancer)? Citrus fruits also supply calcium, potassium, folate, and Vitamin A.
While we are big fans of eating oranges and grapefruit “straight out of the peel,” citrus fruits combine beautifully with many other ingredients. You won't need any coaxing to sit down to a dinner like this:
Or how about this one?
You can find easy recipes for dishes like these and countless others. Just type “citrus fruits, recipes” into your search box and start cooking.