Citrus Fruits

Citrus Fruits

Especially in winter citrus fruits are an excellent source of vitamin C and other nutrients required by the body.

As being acidic, citrus fruits are excellent detoxifiers and help remove harmful toxins from the body. If eaten regularly they can even help prevent colds and flu as they contain a lot vitamin C and calcium.

Even though oranges and lemons probably are the most common citrus fruits there are innumerable types of them ranging from small to large ones.

Here are only a few of them as it is impossible to list them all:

  • Orange – a round shaped orange coloured fruit with a thick skin, rich in citric acid and vitamins, can be consumed fresh, juiced, made into marmalade or as and ingredient in cakes
    Blood orange – is more bitter and darker as regular oranges with streaks of red in the fruit, the juice is of burgundy red colour
  • Lemon – a bright yellow round to oval shaped fruit with a tangy, sour flavour, very rich in vitamins and being used for soft drinks, cooking or as and ingredient in lemon curd
  • Lime – a small, green lemon shaped fruit with a tangy, sweet flavour often used in Indian and Thai cooking and for drinks
  • Mandarin – a type of small orange with a loose skin and seeds inside, often used as a snack, the seedless version is the Clementine
  • Grapefruit – larger than an orange with a pale yellow skin, a bitter flavour and white or pink flesh, can be eaten as a snack, juiced or made into a marmalade
  • Tangerine – an orange-red mandarin with citrus taste, great for juicing or as a snack
  • Tangelo – a cross between tangerine, grapefruit and orange, can be added to salads, served with fish or made into a marmalade
  • Pomelo – larger than a grapefruit with a pale yellow skin and coarse, dry pulp, due to its size and similarity with the grapefruit it is called father of the grapefruit
  • Kumquat – not really a citrus fruit as it belongs to the fortunella fruit family, looking like a small orange with edible skin, can be made into a relish or eaten raw

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