Powerful citrus fruits are Vitamin C powerhouses. They can help support clear, healthy skin, aid in digestion and are considered a diabetes & heart health super food. Celebrate citrus this winter in a variety of delicious ways!
In the past, soldiers and sailors were given limes to prevent scurvy (a disease resulting from a Vitamin C deficiency). Even now, limes are distributed amongst workers in polluted environments like furnaces, painting shops, cement factories and mines.
Limes are a great substitute for salt – it activates the same taste buds as sodium chloride, so it tricks your mind into thinking you are eating salt without taking on the heart risks of sodium.
Although limes may not be what you would choose for an afternoon snack, we consider them as powerhouses when we want to bring out the flavour of other foods. From vinaigrettes to dips to refreshing desserts, limes add a ton of flavour to food.
Best Lime Recipes –
- Key Lime Pie
- Refreshing Mojitos
- Chunky Avocado Lime Salsa
- Honey Glazed Salmon with Brown Butter Lime Sauce
Grapefruit was created in the 18th century as a cross between a pomelo and an orange. They’re called “grapefruit” because of the way they grew in clusters similar to grapes. Red and pink grapefruit contain the antioxidant lycopene, which may help protect cells from damage (lowering cancer risk).
Tart and tangy with an underlying sweetness, grapefruit has a juiciness that rivals that of the ever popular orange and sparkles with many of the same health promoting vitamins. Drink grapefruit juice to combat high cholesterol, prevent kidney stones and promote weight loss. Grapefruit is great compliment to a salad and in salad dressings. Use grapefruit in a smoothie or a simple fruit salad for a tart counterpoint to the sweetness of other ingredients.
Best Grapefruit Recipes –
- Grapefruit with Pistachios
- Broiled Grapefruit with Honey & Bananas
- Greens, Avocado & Grapefruit Salad
- Grapefruit Salad with Sweet Milk Granita
Lemons were incredibly prized during the Gold Rush in the 1800’s. Miners were willing to pay huge sums of money for a single lemon. Lemons have a ton of amazing uses, but drinking them with water is particularly beneficial as it:
- Cleanses the liver (better than any other food)
- A gentle, natural laxative
- Can prevent or help with UTIs
- Helps combat bad breath
- Can help reduce uric acid in our joints (one of the main causes of inflammation)
Today, lemons are as essential to everyday cooking as onions or garlic. One lemon contains a full days supply of vitamin C, but that’s the whole fruit; the juice holds about a third. Lemon juice is also great for slowing the browning or oxidation of fresh, raw foods: apples, avocados, bananas, and other fruits. Use the skin for lemon zest, perfect for garnishing soups or desserts.
Best Lemon Recipes –
Oranges have long been valued for its wholesome nutritious and antioxidant properties. It is a scientifically established fact that citrus fruits, especially oranges, by virtue of their abundance in vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, have many proven health benefits. Moreover, it is now beginning to be appreciated that the other biologically active, non-nutrient compounds in the citrus fruits such as phyto-chemical antioxidants, soluble and insoluble dietary fiber helps in cutting risk for cancers, chronic diseases like arthritis, obesity, and coronary heart diseases.
Adding oranges to your menu is a fresh, easy way to add a punch of flavour. Certainly enjoy them as a snack, in freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning, add them to salads, desserts or as a meat marinade.
Best Orange Recipes –